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"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death." ― Paul in the 1930 film

Paul Bäumer is the main protagonist of Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front and its 1930 and 1979 film adaptations of the same name. He's a schoolboy who's encouraged by his teacher to become a solider and go to war. Along the way, he finds out the war life isn't as glorious as it seems.

He was portrayed by Lew Ayres in the 1930 film, and Richard Thomas in the 1979 television film.

Why He Rocks

  1. Erich Maria Remarque based Paul on his experiences as a solider, and it shows that he didn't skim down on the details on Paul reactions to the war, making the viewers almost able to feel the war through his perspective.
  2. The sole fact that he had survived the war showed he was a strong fighter during the war.
  3. He's was very friendly and considerate to his classmates and was a strong devoted family man before he got involved in the war. It just goes to show how much the war had changed him.
    1. Even during the war, he still hadn't been completely affected and visited his schoolmate Kemmerich praying for his survival.
  4. Lew Ayres and Richard Thomas both do great portrayals of the young solider.
  5. After the war had concluded, he had a hard time moving on from those events and thought about how his friends had died in the war and how they were one of the main reasons for him wanting to live. This proves how much he cares for his classmates.