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All Quiet on the Western Front: Beyond the Text

Study Guide
Dialectical Journals

Dialect Journal #1

"Last night we moved back and settled down to get a good sleep for once: Katczinsky is right when he says it would not be such a bad war if only one could get a little more sleep."

Pg. 2

This quotation is important, because the men are saying that they do not like war in the first place, but it would be a little bit batter if they could get more sleep during the night. This also means that the men are very tired from walking and marching all day, and on top of that they have to fight a war, and after that they don't get much sleep at all. When they do, it is not very good sleep, for the fact that they sleep in muddy trenches, and sometimes beds, but they are not clean. The men get very tired during war.

Dialect Journal #2

"I have remade his bed fourteen times in one morning. Each time he had some fault to find and pulled it to pieces."

Pg. 23

This quotation is important to the story, because it shows that military is hard. They teach them stupid things and they do this over and over. The leaders of the army do this to re-teach the way that the men think. They do it because they give them a command, and the soldiers do it, and then after they do it, they find something wrong tear it apart, and give them the same command again, so they know who is boss, and they will do anything in war right when they tell them too. This quote is also important because it shows how the army used to teach. The army taught stupid stuff like this, so in the war they would react the same way and just do the command.

Dialect Journal #3

"Himmelstoss ought to have been pleased; his saying that we should each educate one another had borne fruit for himself. We had become successful student of his methods."

Pg. 49

This quote is interesting to the story because it shows that the soldiers do actually listen to their commanders, but in a different way. They took this against the commanders, and they jumped him. The soldiers had been taught to teach each other, so the soldiers taught the commander, by doing this, to not be so mean, and to be nicer to the soldiers, because they are going to be the ones dying in war, and fighting for them. The commander, Himmelstoss, hopefully learned his lesson that the soldiers taught him, that he is not the strongest or smartest person In the army, and he should be more considerate.

Dialect Journal #4

"So Tjaden has rigged up the lid of a boot-polish tin with a piece of wire over the lighted stump of a candle."

Pg. 75

This quote is both important and interesting. When this was said in the story, they were referring on how they kill lice that is on their bodies. This is important because it shows how little of supplies they had to live on, and how the medical attention was not helping for little things like this, because the hospitals were too busy with major problems. This means, that the army should have established more medical services. This is interesting because it shows how these men take natural skills, and come up with something so simple, but something that most people would not think of doing.

Dialect Journal #5

"It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit."

Pg. 101

This quote is both interesting, and important. It is important because it is making sure that people know it is not skill if you are alive in war, but it is chance and chance only. It is interesting because in the quote he is describing his chances in a game of skat that he was playing one day. He said my chances in war are just like chances in the game. You get hit by someone, and they miss. Just plainly chance to no get hit. The soldiers know that it is not skill that they have, but chance for they are still alive.

Dialect Journal #6

"I go through the routine mechanically. In the evenings I generally go to the Soldiers' Home"

Pg. 187

This quote is interesting, and important to the story. It is interesting because just like us students do in school is what he does. We go around to every class, and don't have to think about where we have to go after about two weeks of school; we just walk to where we need to go. It is the same for him. Paul has done the routine many times, so he does not have to think about doing it. This quote is important to the story because it shows that the military just does the same thing over and over again.

Dialect Journal #7

"Then Kat and Kropp seize the masterpiece- the big dish with the brown, roasted sucking pigs."

Pg. 235

This quote is interesting and important to the story. This quote is interesting to the story, because it is funny to see how people view what pigs look like, when they haven't had it for a long time. We take having food like that for granite, but people who don't get good food ever, take advantage of this type of thing. This is important to the story, because it shows animalism. Showing that the men would do anything for a pig, even if it means sprinting across a field carrying it, while being shot at by Frenchmen. The men would do anything to have a meal that tastes good.

Dialect Journal #8

"Do I walk? Have I feet still I raise my eyes, I let them move round, and turn myself with them, one circle, one circle, and I stand in the midst."

Pg. 291

This quote is both interesting and important to the story. It is interesting to see what Paul looks at himself like when the war is almost over, and when his last friend has died. When Kat died Paul felt lost and lonely, and did not know what to do next because he had lost everybody he knew. This quote is important to the story because it shows how men felt after the war had been going on for years, and when everyone they knew was dead, and he had nothing at all to look forward to talking to, or looking forward to seeing him.

Alli Reed