All Quiet on the Western Front

What does Paul's death symbolize in the book? support with references

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Certainly Paul's death at the end of the book symbolizes the futility of war. Paul dies just before peace is struck. Through the whole story Paul had been robbed of his innocence. We experience the war through Paul's eyes hence his death is really our death so far as the story is concerned. We get the feeling that nothing good, in any sense, came out of this conflict.