All Quiet on the Western Front

I need some text evidence from the book which includes a page number on how Paul was a mommas boy or how he was before he entered the war

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The above answer is also from the Red Badge of Courage. I don't know why I automatically pulled out the wrong novel.

Paul's reaction to seeing his mother (arriving home)

"She pulls a door open and calls: "Mother, mother, Paul is here."

I can go no further--mother, mother, Paul is here.

I lean against the wall and grip my helmet and rifle. I hold them as tight as I

can, but I cannot take another step, the staircase fades before my eyes, I support myself with the butt of my rifle against my feet and clench my teeth fiercely, but I cannot speak a word, my sister's call has made me powerless, I can do nothing, I struggle to make myself laugh, to speak, but no word comes, and so I stand on the steps, miserable, helpless, paralysed, and against my will the tears run down my cheeks." (Chapter 7)

"Sit here beside me," says my mother.

She looks at me. Her hands are white and sickly and frail compared with mine. We say very little and I am thankful that she asks nothing. What ought I to say? Everything I could have wished for has happened. I have come out of it safely and sit here beside her. And in the kitchen stands my sister preparing supper and singing.

"Dear boy," says my mother softly.

We were never very demonstrative in our family; poor folk who toil and are full

of cares are not so. It is not their way to protest what they already know. When my mother says to me "dear boy," it means much more than when another uses it." (Chapter 7)

"My mother is the only one who asks no questions."


All Quiet on the Western Front

"But his mother had discouraged him. She had affected to look with some contempt upon the quality of his war ardor and patriotism. She could calmly seat herself and with no apparent difficulty give him many hundreds of reasons why he was of vastly more importance on the farm than on the field of battle. She had had certain ways of expression that told him that her statements on the subject came from a deep conviction. Moreover, on her side, was his belief that her ethical motive in the argument was impregnable." (Page 5)

“Ma, I’m going to enlist.”

“Henry, don’t you be a fool,” his mother had replied. She had then covered her face with the quilt. There was an end to the matter for that night." (Page 6)

"....she had disappointed him by saying nothing whatever about returning with his shield or on it. He had privately primed himself for a beautiful scene. He had prepared certain sentences which he thought could be used with touching effect." (Pages 6 & 7)

Hope these help! There are a variety of different quotes you can use on pages five through seven. Check them out if you need a few more.


The Red Badge of Courage