Analysis: All Quiet On The Western Front

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“...I have been startled a couple of times in the street by the screaming of the tramcars, which resembles the shriek of a shell coming straight for one… (147) As illustrated by this quote, the author puts emphasis on the mental turmoil of Paul, specifically depression, anxiety, and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder. Later on in the chapter, Paul remarks that he should have never gone on leave because of the emotional stress he experiences at home. He also states that he is, “nothing but an agony” for himself and his loved ones (163). This combined with the emotional burden he carried on the battlefront show how much Paul is affected by what he has gone through; deaths of loved ones, attrition in the battle field, and the chaos
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