All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front is by Erich Maria Remarque. This book war story. Remarque uses excellent words and phrases details of the book. Remarque had first hand experience because he was a German in World War I.
So he expresses his opinions through Paul of the book. One of the strongest themes in this book is man inhuman. From the author's point of view soldiers was various non-living objects that were inhuman. The soldiers are compared to coins of different provinces that are melted down and now they bear (236).
Remarque thinks that the soldiers mind state has been changed from when they were school boys the stamp being the mark of a soldier changing them forever. Also soldiers are compared with 'automatons' or more as robots (105). Remarque uses this analogy to give the impression that the soldiers are enduring the same feeling over and over ag! ain as if they were inhuman. In this classic war story Remarque soldiers as inhuman wild beast in addition to the non-living objects. Paul states that when soldiers reach the zone where the front begins they are transformed into 'instant inhuman animals' (56). Remarque is saying that the zone is like a magical line; once they cross it there not the same person on the other side of the line.
He says 'We have become wild beasts. We do not fight we defend ourselves against annihilation' (103). Here Remarquestatesthat the German soldiers are only defending what they have not attempting to take what they don't. Paul says that they become something like men again after they get the food we need (106).
Remarque is implying that the drive them into terrifying wild beasts but when they get the food into humans again.