The Instinct Of Survival
The Power of Laughter in a Freindship

Ideas For Disscusion

Chapter Seven Socratic Topic Ideas

  1. How does the theme of the lost generation impact when Paul and Kropp come across poster of a female and male and when they eventually rip the male out?
  2. The theme of the lost generation is recourring in this chapter why?
  3. What is the significance of Paul feeling detached from his family?
  4. Has and if so has Paul changed during his leave?
  5. how does the last sentence of the chapter (“I was a soldier, and now I am nothing but an agony for myself, for my mother, for everything that is so comfortless and without end.I ought never to have come on leave.”) possibly affect Paul in the future?
  6. When Paul had his romantic encounter and his later realization that he cannot easily escape the traumas of war how does that affect him as a character.