In chapter 4 of All Quiet on the Western Front, the soldiers end up hiding in a graveyard of fallen soldiers when they are attacked by a bombardment of shells. At the end of the chapter, the narrator (Paul) and his friend Kat find another soldier who has had his hip blasted by a shell into shards, leaving it a giant, minced mess. The two start to help the man; however, Kat brings up the idea of shooting the man to put him out of his misery and Paul ends up agreeing. However, they end up not doing it because they find they are surrounded then by other people.
This part surprised me at first; however, I could later understand why they would do it as most of the people that got an injury like that back then would not survive. They even comment that he will never be able to walk again. However, even though I do agree, I do not believe that I would be able to shoot a man in the head to put them out of their misery, such as with an animal. And I am not certain I would end up agreeing to shoot the man as Paul did. I wanted to know, would you be willing to shoot the man? Why or why not? And if not, is it because you disagree with Paul’s decision or do you understand why he agreed?