All Quiet on the Western Front

What is paul like as a character? Has the brutality of war completely stripped away his humanity, or does he retains vestiges of his old self?

All quiet on the western front

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The war changes Paul. It robs him of his innocence and youth. He, however, remains "Paul" to the end. Paul becomes more introspective as the novel progresses. He is a young man who has seen far too many terrors for his years. Paul longs for the simple pleasures of youth but must accept a baptism of fire instead. There is some bitterness towards the war and those who would wage it but it is tempered by the love for his comrades which never goes away. Paul remains a very human figure who longs to love and belong, like any of us, to the final gunshot that ends his life.