Kat provides a partner-in-crime to Paul as well as a good friend. Remarque left Switzerland for the United States and became a naturalized citizen but moved back to Switzerland in 1948 and began writing again. He gets out of cover and takes aim on the flamethrower but misses, and gets hit by enemy fire. Paul and the others, excited by news of Himmelstoss' arrival at the front, recall the night before they left the training camp, when they trapped their drill instructor in a bedspread and beat him. In the book, All Quiet On The Western Front, the character Corporal Himmelstoss is portrayed as a disciplinary, brutal, and sympathetic type of person in the training camps. Kantorek is a character mentioned in Erich Maria Remarque's famed World War I novel All Quiet on the Western Front.
He is a cobbler by trade, an old-fashioned, preindustrial livelihood. Lesson Summary Kantorek is an old schoolmaster of Paul, who is the narrator in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. Paul tells the reader about some of his fellow soldiers and friends. Kat theorizes that ordinary men like Himmelstoss come to be so cruel because all men have something cruel and barbaric in them, and this dark inner nature is released by the rigid power hierarchy of the military. What does Himmelstoss have to show or tell these boys that will help them? Film poster for All Quiet on the Western Front Himmelstoss as a Commanding Officer It's shown from the very first moment Himmelstoss is introduced that he's quickly going to become your least favorite character. Soon after, he volunteers to go on a patrol and kills a man for the first time in hand-to-hand combat. They take the opportunity to sleep in the houses that have been left and eat the food leftover by the fleeing villagers.
Paul soon discovers that he has received two weeks of leave but that after it is over he is to return to the front. One day, Corporal Himmelstoss arrives to the front and is immediately spurned because of his bad reputation; he is forced to go over the top with the 2nd Company and is promptly killed. Paul and his friends now hate Kantorek and blame him for harassing them to join the army. He sees a butterfly just beyond his trench. The trucks arrive to bring the men back but another round of shelling erupts as they are leaving. Alienated by battle trauma, he lacks ambition and is unable to enjoy the pleasures of his youth.
The two most important characters are developed more fully, and are played well. He is the most hated and feared sergeant in the camps. The commercially available version leaves out some scenes which aired in the original broadcast. Kat is a cobbler by trade, but he has an uncanny knack for making the most of life on the front. This transition takes place at different parts of his novel, and to different degrees. He does this because he's insecure about his job as a postman before the war. A prison for captured Russian soldiers is next to the camp.
He is also fond of horses and is angered when he sees them used in combat. Corporal Himmelstoss has encountered several changes in his life. Because of the royal visit, the soldiers are given new uniforms and everything is cleaned in the dugouts. Himmelstoss was very cruel to them in training and forced Tjaden and another recruit who was a bed wetter to sleep in the same bunk, thus forcing Tjaden to be drenched with urine from the man sleeping above him. A decade later, after the same organization polled over 1,500 workers in the creative community, All Quiet on the Western Front was ranked the seventh-best American.
They couple divorced in 1930 but later remarried in order to avoid Zambona being made to return to Germany during the war. Paul is the last remaining member of his schoolmates. In Chapter 3 it's explained that Himmelstoss puts a boy who wets his bed in his sleep in with another bunk-mate, a boy who also wets his bed, and the two are alternately placed in the bunk above the other. Paul is sent home to finish healing but must soon return to the war. This is an international version with intertitles and synchronized music and effects track. Paul is given a furlough and visits his family at home.
Matured and repentant through his experiences Himmelstoß later asks for forgiveness from his previous charges. He represents the older generation of Germans who blindly encouraged the war effort. Another battle begins and many more soldiers die. They speculate about whether geographical entities offend each other and whether these disagreements involve them. In October 1918, Paul is finally killed on a remarkably peaceful day. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body.
He also represents a literary model highlighting the differences between the younger and older soldiers. Paul feels Kantorek misled them and gave them no useful skills or information to use during their time in the war. The new soldiers are assigned to a unit composed of older soldiers, who are not exactly accommodating. Each time when I used to come late or do a foolish mistake I use to be punished doing fifty squats in one minute and if the target is not reached I had to do one hundred. In its place, they evolve a strong comradeship, which bolsters and protects them far better than the now useless information they learned in school.
The heat from exploding grenades burning the back of your neck, having to hide in wet, smelly, muddy trenches in order to survive. They no longer have the innocence of their youth and can no longer look forward to accomplishing the dreams that they wanted before the war. Face to face with a dying enemy, Paul is remorseful and tries to ease the man's sufferings. Paul then takes the boots that once belonged to Kemmerich. This time it is even harder to leave his mother as she is weaker than before. Erich also changed his middle name to Maria in honor of his mother. The record of several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of World War I's trench warfare, All Quiet on the Western Front tells of their enlistment in the army at the urging of their teacher, Kantorek, whose wisdom they trusted.