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All Quiet on the Western Front

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Author: Erich Maria Remarque
Key Words: Fiction, Drama, War, World War I

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Book Description:

Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 4 Incidents

A man “has a preference for the girls from the officers’ brothels. He swears that they are obliged by an army order to wear silk chemises and to bathe before entertaining guests.”

Men talk about women’s legs and behinds.

Men see a poster with a picture of an attractive woman. They talk about women and intercourse is mentioned.

A man wish for “girls from an officer’s brothel.

Making Out/Sex - 4 Incidents

“Afternoons and evenings with the servant girls” (implied).

Men see a poster with a picture of an attractive woman. They talk about women (and their intercourse experience). That night when they’re swimming naked, they meet some women and have sex.

Mentions men no longer masturbate as they are too feeble.

A man wants to have sex with his wife since he hasn’t seen her in years. Because he is too wounded to leave his hospital bed, the other men in the room turn around so they can.

Miscellaneous - 12 Incidents

“Young men of twenty … have… perhaps a girl - that is not much, for at our age … girls have not yet got a hold of us.”

“But when we go bathing and strip, suddenly we have slender legs again and slight shoulders. We are no longer soldiers but little more than boys.”

The word “breast-high” is used.

The word “breast” is used to mean chest and a man’s behind is mentioned (non-sexually).

Mentions men sitting around, “bodies naked to the warm air.”

A mother kisses her son’s friend.

“I would like to tell you to be on your guard against the women out in France. They are no good.” A son thinks over his mother’s words

A man is found naked, blown out of his clothing by an explosion.

The word “breast” is used to mean chest.

Mentions an old buxom nurse.

“Wounds in the testicles.”

“The whispers and divinations of women .. brothels.”

Violence - 2 Incidents

There are many battle scenes described throughout the book. They are detailed enough to visualize what is going on (severed heads, distorted bodies, a man tangled in his entrails, etc.). Death and decaying bodies are also described.

Some soldiers revengefully attack their superior officer, stripping him of his pants and whipping him among other things.


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 20 Incidents

hanged, d*mn, d*mned, like the devil, poor devils

Scatological Terms - 13 Incidents

d*mned sh*t, p*ss-a-bed, cow-sh*t, bl**dy (as in lots of blood), nipped off his t*rd, p*sses

Religious Profanities - 13 Incidents

For God's sake, God, by Jove, Lord, God only knows, thank God, good God, Heaven knows

Conversation Topics - 16 Incidents

Mentions smoking, cigarettes and cigars throughout.

A discussion on the latrines and no longer being shy. Also how a soldier’s vocabulary is derived from such a place. (Latrines mentioned a few times throughout the book).

Alcohol, pubs and drinking are mentioned in the book.

‘“Show you up, Corporal,” said Kropp, his thumbs in line with the seams of his trousers.’

Crude joke: a man farts and looking to heaven says, “Every little bean must be heard as well as seen.”

Two boy soldiers who both wet the bed at night are punished. Described.

A man has a bowel movement during a battle.

A man is severely wounded and is not thought to live. His friends ask whether they should shoot him and spare him the misery. (They planned to but did not as other people started gathering).

A man farts.

“We know how to do that: to play cards, to swear, and to fight. Not much for twenty years; - and yet too much for twenty years.”

Mentions how tobacco and strong drink are survival tools for a soldier.

Men are sick and run to the latrine often with their pants down.

A man says that if they amputate his leg, he will kill himself.

A man is embarrassed to tell a nurse he needs to use a toilet.

Men get upset and angry over having to hear the morning prayers.

A wounded soldier tries committing suicide with a fork.

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