All Quiet…What do you think?

Based on Paul’s description of the front, what part of the experience do you think would be the hardest to bear? What could provide consolation?

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41 thoughts on “All Quiet…What do you think?

  1. I believe the hardest part of the front lines would be the having to watch the slow painful death of the people around me. Knowing that it could’ve been me instead of them would start toy with my emotions. A consolation would the knowledge that I am fighting for my freedom and for my family back home.

  2. I believe the hardest part of Paul’s situation is being out of touch with the outside world and not experiencing any joy for such a long time. All they see and know now is hardship, violence, and death. Things that would provide consolation realistically would be letters and presents/things that remind me of home from family and friends back in my hometown. However, in wishful thinking, my friends and family coming to visit and being at home would console me.

  3. The hardest to bear would be seeing people and even friends getting killed because seeing what they are doing for their country and losing their lives is hard to see and it’s like losing your life for something you love and care about. Another thing that would be hard to bear is to see people in pain. After they are seriously wounded, it would be hard to see them go through that pain.

  4. I think that simply sitting through the bombardments would be nearly unbearable. The knowledge that a stray shell could take my life at any moment would be debilitating. I couldn’t help but sit and think to myself that I am only still alive through sheer luck, and that there is nothing I could do to protect myself. However, I think I would find some consolation in the fact that the bombardments, like all things, must come to an end. If I managed to stay alive for just a little while, it would be over before long.

  5. Based on his description of the front, I think that the hardest part to bear for Paul would be the watching the recruits die or go crazy. He constantly reminds you of how these recruits are so inexperienced and how, because of this, they often throw their lives away because of ignorance. There isn’t really anything that can compensate for witnessing the death of many young inexperienced soldiers. Seeing the faces of dying men can haunt you for years.

  6. Based on Paul’s description of the front, i believe seeing a man lose a leg would be the hardest thing to bear. Something that would console me thought of returing home to see my family and friends.

  7. Win Watson
    4th period
    Honors English
    Blog
    January 25, 2012
    Based on Paul’s description of the front, what part of the experience do you think would be the hardest to bear? What could provide consolation?
    The death and the actual warfare would be the hardest upon me. I would quiver upon the shells and bombs that are so close to me as I laid on the ground just hoping that nothing would hit me. The actual training would be bad, but it would be nothing close to the loss and memories of war.

  8. I think the hardest experience on the front would be dodging the bombardments. In one instance, Paul’s shell hole he is hiding in is completely covered. He and the people he is with have to dig themselves out. I think that would be a scary experience.

    • My consolation would be remembering everyone that I love, such as my friends and family both at home and at the war.

  9. I think the hardest part of trench warfare would be the threat of death every day. Death is not normally something I’m necessarily ‘scared’ of, but having that on your mind all day while being in the war would be awful. I’d never be able to get a good sleep, it would probably always be reatless. Also, that would make your mindset about most things back home change.

    • I would be consoled by the fact that I could enjoy the little things of the war, like being with my friends, and sitting around playing cards. This may never be enough to completely rid me of the thoughts of death, but they would surely help.

  10. I think that the hardest thing for me to bear would be sitting there knowing I’m probably about to die and not being able to say goodbye to my family. Also, I think just not knowing if you’re going to survive to see the next day would be hard to handle, it could make someone go crazy with worry and freight. The thing that would console me would be having the other soldiers, who have become my friends, around me and be there with them talking and going in there together.

  11. The hardest experience for me would be being separated from my family. My family brings me comfort and advice when I am in need. The source of consolation for me, just like Paul, would be my friends. It would bring me comfort because I would know that they miss their family too, and we can share our pain together; we could help each other.

  12. Based on Paul’s description of the front, seeing your friends die in front of you would be the hardest to bear.Going home to my family would provide consolation.

  13. To me, the hardest part of the front line to bear is seeing the pain in the soldiers that the war is causing. They will be thinking about their families and friends at home and wondering if what they’re fighting for is really worth it.

  14. The hardest part of the front would be seeing people you’ve come to know being killed or seriously injured; however, the scenery around us would comfort me to a degree.

    • Good answer…I think this is one of Remarque’s main points at the beginning…the contrast between the violent front and the peace of nature near the billets.

  15. I think the hardest part would be to watch your friends die, and you can’t do anything about it. If you believe in heaven the only consolation would be to know they’re with God in a better place.

  16. I think the hardest part to bear would be never knowing when an attack is going to happen. You are at war and an attack starts and the soldier has to use his/her knowledge to know what to do without any awareness of the attack. You are always alert and a lot of times get no sleep because you’re prepared to act on the slightest notice.

  17. The hardest part of the front in the war is when one has to always stay on the alert for falling shells. Someone like Paul develops a sense of paranoia if they are out there for too long.

  18. I think the hardest part of being in the front would be the utter uncertainty of everything. Paul speaks of the strange change that comes over him and the other men as they near the front and how it changes them into something more animal than human. After everything that the soldiers got through, they have to lose a bit of their humanity every time they are ordered to go into the front. The only consolation I can think of is the way the other, older soldiers tried their best to protect the recruits.

  19. The hardest part of being on the front would be seeing your friends and accompany members die right in front of you. Any consolation for it might be to try your hardest to end the war.

  20. The hardest part of being on the front would be constantly waiting on a bombardment, and worrying about being killled with an attack that could happen anytime. Facing the uncertainty of each day would be also be very difficult. Some consolation might be the prospect of the war ending after all of the hard work, and being able to return home to friends and family.

  21. The hardest part of the war would be seeing everyone die and knowing you could be next. A consolation for this is don’t get close to many people so it won’t be as hard and be aware of the surroundings.

  22. I think that the hardest part would be the fact that you might be killed or seriously hurt, or see a good friend seriously hurt or killed. Any consolation for this may be to see your family once again, and to be thankful for what God has given you.

  23. I think the hardest part is being there in the war, and watching death and suffering all around me, thinking about my family at home and trying my best to stay alive with all of the bombs going off around me.

  24. I think the hardest part of being on the front is seeing your friends die. What would console me would be having my friends and family support me.

  25. I think the hardest part about being on the front would be hearing and watching people in pain and/or dying. Especially if it is someone you know.

  26. The hardest part of being on the front would probably be the gruesome attacks and the deaths of our close friends, also the living conditions. Being positive and knowing how your helping other families and the world would be the consolation.

  27. I think the experience that was hardest to bear was seing his friend die and knowing that he would have to write his friend’s parents about what happened. As far as consolation goes, his friend’s boots might do some good to Muler, but not to Paul. There really is no consolation for the loss of a friend, but the pain of war has hardened Paul, and so he is used to it. It will still be hard for him, but it upset’s Paul to know how much harder it will be on his friend’s family.

  28. By far the hardest part would know that at any second of any moment there could be a gun pointed at you. And, while you want to go help your friend out on the front being killed and you can do nothing about would haunt me for the rest of my life. But, the consolation would be that I’m going to do my best and make sure none of my buddies have to watch me die on the front.

  29. i believe that the hardest part in a front is the first time you expierence shell bombs. Another part is when you have to go throught all the grievous feelings. For example, seeing you friends you grew up with getting killed right in front of you

  30. I believe that the hardest part about being on the front is watching people, that you are used to talking to and playing cards with, die. I believe that this would be the hardest part about being on the front because you get so used to seeing them around and then all of a sudden they are gone.

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