Friendship & Comradery
First off, friendship and comradery mean just about the same thing. Friendship is the state of being friends. Comradery is the relation of comrades. The two base words are friend and comrade. A friend is a person who knows and likes another. A comrade is a companion and friend or partner.
In, “All Quiet in the Western Front”, Paul, the main character, has some really close friends who came to the war with him. One especially close friend is Kemmerich who later dies in the book. Paul learns that war is not a real good place to meet new friends. He distances himself from new recruits because he knows, nine times out of ten; they won’t live long any way. Paul comes to war with three of his classmates; Kropp, Kemmerich, and Leer. After a while of being in war Paul’s friends just start dropping like flies.
Comradery is basically like friendship, but not as close. Near the end of the story you can kind of see that Paul has nothing but the little bit of friendship he has left to bring him through the rest of the war. A scene in this book that would represent comradery would probably be the “toilet talk”. I would say this because this showed how some people who didn’t really know each other can get together and just have friendly conversation. A friendship scene would most definitely be when Kemmerich died. This showed just how much Paul cares for his friend, cause when reality sets in that Kemmerich is really dead, Paul runs. This explained all of his emotions at once: anger, pain, sadness, and sympathy.
Friendship and comradery are very important to this book. Without these two characteristics, there would be no true understanding of this book. It showed that friendship is very important to many people in many different ways and so is comradey. ...