All Quiet On The Western Front By Maria Remarque: Paul's Interaction With His Parents

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The Novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque is about a mannamed Paul who has gone to war. When Paul arrives home from his leave he finds hishousehold is having a hard time. His mother is suffering from cancer. She is in a lot ofpain and she is always trying to please Paul and the rest of the family. Aside from the justthe house, the civilians are lacking food which is hard on the whole community.As we read in chapter 7 about Paul visiting his family and his mother being sick,we see that Paul has a close relationship with his mother. She really loves him. When hefirst walks in the door she asks Paul if he is injured, she is worried about her son, andthen it seams she is pleased when he replied to her saying that he got a leave and that isthe reason he is home. When Paul is told that his mother is ill he sits by her side and theydo not speak much. This scene in the novel shows us that Paul cannot handle what isgoing on at home. There is too much pain and suffering, and after what he has gonethrough in the war it is hard to take in more pain. It hurts Paul so much to see his motherin such pain.Paul's mother and father ask him a few questions about the war. Paul clearly doesnot want to discuss what went on at the war. He feels as if it is not possible for peoplewho have not experienced the horrors to understand what it is like. During Paul's time hegot for leave he should be relaxing and trying to recuperate from the horrifying time hehas experienced in the war. But how is a person to relax when his loving mother is layingin bed, suffering and feeling such pain, and he is being asked questions he is notcomfortable discussing?Paul does not seem to have a very close relationship with his father. Paul feels likeall his father cares about is hearing what it is like to fight on the front lines. He cares toknow the details about...

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