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This is addressed at different points in the novel. Earlier (ch 5) the boys reflect on having lots of sex, going back to the farm, stay with the Prussian army....Later in the novel Paul talks about not being the "iron youth" but rather the "lost youth". They will be experienced in the horrors of war but nothing in the practicalities of normal life. Their innocence and youth have been stripped away from them. By the end of the book Paul and the boys are just trying to survive. Of course, in the end, future plans are futile. One by one the boys get killed.

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Robert believes in the sanctity of living beings and it is this loss of life that drives him to break away from the moral system imposed upon him by the war and the society that supports it. Robert believes all life, human and animal, is worth protecting. This is why he cannot condone his mother's decision to kill Rowena's rabbits. It is what brings him closer to Harris and Rodwell. The two soldiers share his respect for life and the natural world. Rodwell speaks to an interconnectedness between living things in his letter to his daughter. This seems to reflect Findley's own feelings about the need to preserve the natural world.


The Films of John Ford - by Michael E. Grost

John Ford and Allan Dwan John Ford began directing films in the 1910's
Maus is, by and large, one of the most perfect graphic novels of all time (Wizard even voted it first in their 100 Greatest Comic Books Of All Time); the art, simplistic and minimalist keeps the story focused on what matters and Spiegelman’s post modern approach (he draws Jewish people as mice, and Germans as cats to reinforce the Nazi ideal that Jews were a different race), which keeps the story inwardly focused on itself by following the main character’s life as he deals with what he hears from his father, and even refers to the massive popularity of the series by having Spiegelman on the cover of issue 7, in a mouse mask, atop a pile of mouse corpses, implying his guilt at making money from the deaths of millions (he even addresses this with scenes where he visits a psychiatrist).

Mr. Hassel’s 14 novels portrayed German trench soldiers in a misfits’ brigade of convicts and deserters — a Third Reich version of the Dirty Dozen — who, like soldiers in all wars, eat badly, sleep little, live with death and struggle to retain their humanity.

So did another prolific Hollywood director, Allan Dwan

Robert isn't the only character whose innocence is lost. Juliet is forced to grow up quickly after seeing Robert and Barbara having sex. This incident also evokes the theme of change that appears in the novel. , too, loses his innocence and takes his life as a result. He is driven to suicide after watching his fellow soldiers kill a cat just to taunt him. The destruction of the natural world and animals is also an example of the destruction of innocence.