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Chapter Five: All Quiet on the Western Front
Transcript of Chapter Five: All Quiet on the Western Front
In Chapter 5:
Chapter Five: Literary Devices
At what point did Paul and his friends lose their ability to adapt back into their previous lifestyles?
•Paul and friends express their annoyance towards lice
•Muller asks his comrades, out of the blue, what they would do with their lives if it were peacetime
•Kropp would get drunk, Kat would upkeep his family, Haie says that he would jump into bed with girls and re-enlist in the army, Tjaden would get his revenge on Himmelstoss, and Detering says that he would go back to his farming life
•Himmelstoss sees the men again, and Tjaden is vey rude to him by mooning him, as is Kropp by purposely and audibly insulting Himmlstoss, with a trial therefore occurring for Tjaden and Kropp
•Kat and Paul go out to catch and cook up geese they had located earlier, and as they cook it, Paul considers Kat, for the first time, to be like his brother
A Key Scene
A key event occurring in Chapter Five is a conversation occurring between Muller, Kat, Paul, Kropp, Detering, and Haie, when Muller interrogates every man on what they would do with themselves if it were suddenly peacetime.
This is one of the very last times that readers are able to encompass a sense of sadness, homesickness, or regret from the men; it is one of the last times they exhibit a somewhat confident ability to be able to go home and live amongst average civilians normally.
•“Haie gazes thoughtfully at his great paws and winks at me” (76).
•“We are two men, two minute sparks of life; outside is the night and the circle of death” (94).
•"'Two years of shells and bombs-- a man won't peel that off as easy as a sock'" (87).
•“...the hour is like the room: flecked over with the lights and the shadows of our feelings cast by a quiet fire” (94).
Foreshadowing & Symbolism
•“He can’t part with all these dreams so abruptly; he merely growls: ‘What silly questions you do ask.’ He pulls his shirt over his head and buttons up his tunic” (80).
•"'That's just it. Kat and Detering and Haie will go back to their jobs because they had them already. Himmelstoss too. But we never had any. How will we ever get used to one after this, here?'-- he makes a gesture toward the front" (86).
Conflict and Contrast
• An example of internal conflict is whilst Muller is pestering the men about what they’d do after the war, almost each one says he’d go out and do some small trivial actions- get drunk, sleep around- and yet none of them really have a clue to their bigger purpose, and are aware of that.
A contrast occurs, also, when Muller asks the men about what they’d do during peacetime; the stark difference that is apparent between the older men’s replies and the younger men’s creates a contrast underscoring the various life experiences of each man outside the war.
• “The glow of the fire lights up our faces, shadows dance on the wall. Sometimes a heavy crash and the lean-to shivers” (94).
• “They used to to tie us to a tree, but that is forbidden now. In many ways we are treated quite like men” (91).
"Everyone is silent. The picture is too good. Our flesh creeps” (78).