All Quiet on the Western Front

What do you “see” as the soldiers march to the front? Why do they joke about the rows of coffins?

This is in the 6th chapter

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They aren't really joking; they're being sarcastic. Each of the soldiers realizes that the neatly stacked coffins are meant for their own casualties; the fact that anyone could claim one as their own is an ominous thought covered by joking sarcasm.


All Quiet on the Western Front