This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Paul Baumer - The sensitive twenty-year-old narrator reaches manhood through three years of service as a soldier in the second company of the German army during World War I. His loss of innocence during the story is the focus of the author's anti-war sentiment.
Lt. Bertinek - He is the company commander and is regarded as a magnificent front-line officer. His heroism is shown through his knocking out an advancing flame thrower.
Detering - He is a peasant from Oldenburg, who worries about his wife alone in their farm. He grows...
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