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HURRY!!!! I am writing an essay and I need to know who Paul and his friends blame for setting them up to fight in the war.
Albert simply states,"almost all of us are simple folk. And in France, too, the majority of men are laborers, workmen, or poor clerks. Now just why would a French blacksmith or a French shoemaker want to attack us? No, its merely the rulers. I had never seen a Frenchman before I came here, and it will be just the same with the majority of Frenchmen as regards us. They weren't asked about it any more then we were."
Paul feels that if these leaders want to fight,"we should let the leaders fight it out themselves in a ring."
Paul and his four friends went to school together, they enlisted, and all of them did so with the encouragement of Prof. Kantorek. They were 19 years old, they joined the army on the same day, and they trusted the propaganda of their school teacher.... who "Paul and his friends blame for setting them up to fight in the war."
Paul states that Kantorek's "crime," is that he was supposed to be someone they could trust. His encouragement to the boys that they voluntarily enlist in the army and fight, makes his words as meaningless as the war.
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