Nationalism, it shows how those in strength and power can control nation’s. Paul and his friends are wanting to join the armed force, however the experience of killing somebody is horrifying. Remarque shows that soldiers on the front lines not for the greatness of their country yet rather for their own survival; they execute to keep from being slaughtered. “It’s queer, when one thinks about it,” goes on Kropp, “we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who’s in the right?” Paul and his companions don’t view the contradicting armed forces as their genuine adversaries in their view, their genuine foes are the men in power in their own country, who they accept have relinquished them to the war basically to expand their very own capacity and brilliance.