This story depicts the life as a solider in the German Army fighting against the Central Powers. For a petty argument between two countries. War is devastating to countries and most indefinitely individuals.
Men can be left disturbed mentally, physically, and socially for the rest of their lives. All that is heard are bullets being shot, it smells like gas is near, and hearts race as the times goes by. This is similar to what war is like. And they always speak of the evil and menacing German army.
This transition takes place at different parts of his novel, and to different degrees. The story was told by Paul Baümer, a nineteen year old student, convinced to enlist with the German army by his schoolmaster, Kantorek. The heat from exploding grenades burning the back of your neck, having to hide in wet, smelly, muddy trenches in order to survive. Erich Remarque’s novel, is an incredibly disturbing and effective anti-war film. The grainy black and white film is still not outdated and carries a breathtaking initial impact.