All Quiet on the Western Front - Symbolic Characters

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    • Paul
      • Protagonist, the author's messenger, used to voice Remarque's criticisms of warfare, especially the mechanised killing of modern warfare.
    • Joseph Behm
      • His undignified and premature death represents the shattering of ideals and mistrust of authority
    • Kantorek
      • Represents the romanticized ideals of patriotism and war
    • Kemmerich
      • His boots and his life are linked; the thoughtless trading of both show how little anything means in war
    • Corporal Himmelstoss
      • Used to show the cruelty war brings out in people
    • Kat
      • Kat symbolises comradeship in arms and the bonds formed between soldiers

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