All Quiet on the Western Front Characters
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the protagonist and narrator of the novel. He is, at heart, a kind, compassionate, and sensitive young man, but the brutal experience of warfare teaches him to detach himself from his feelings. His account of the war is a bitter invective against sentimental, romantic ideals of warfare.
One of Paul's classmates. He wants to continue school after war. A clear thinker, hardheaded, practical young man, and he plies his friends in the Second Company with questions About their postwar plans.
A soldier belonging to Paul's company and Paul's best friend in the army. forty years old at the beginning of the novel and has a family at home. He is a resourceful, inventive man and always finds food, clothing, and blankets whenever he and his friends need them.
One of Paul's classmates who serves with Paul in the Second Company. An intelligent, speculative young man, He is one of Paul's closest friends during the war. His interest in analyzing the causes of the war leads to many of the most critical antiwar sentiments in the novel. The one who thinks that war should be fought out by the generals/head of state.
He is the "ladies man" of the group
skinny man with big appetite; was tormented the most by Himmelstoss and therefore takes revenge when Himmelstoss tries to make amends.
One of Paul's classmates and comrades in the war. After suffering a light wound, contracts gangrene, and his leg has to be amputated. His death, in Chapter Two, marks the reader's first encounter with the meaninglessness of death and the cheapness of life in the war.
A friend of Paul's in the Second Company. A large man, who was a peat-digger before joining to army, and plans to stay in the army after the war.
friend of Paul; constantly homesick for his family and wife and his farm which he left behind; is kind to the horses when they get injured; longs for his simple farm life
cowardly cook only talked about at the beginning of the novel.
A pompous, ignorant, authoritarian schoolmaster in Paul's high school during the years before the war. Kantorek places intense pressure on Paul and his classmates to fulfill their "patriotic duty" by enlisting in the army.
He is 40-years-old, was a mailman before the war (causing his new power to go to his head), treats the boys terribly, replies on old school discipline which sometimes has no purpose, and doesn't actually prepare them for war.
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