“The man gurgles. It sounds to me as though he bellows, every gasping breath is like a cry, a thunder—but it is not only my heart pounding. I want to stop his mouth, stuff it with earth, stab him again, he must be quiet, he is betraying me; now at last I regain control of myself, but have suddenly become so feeble that I cannot any more lift my hand against him.”
~Erich Maria Remarque
Some things are remembered while others cannot be forgotten. Several days after Paul kills the solider he recalls the events that took place. He describes blood pouring out solider's mouth. He describes wanting to stop the bleeding by shoving straw in the soldier's mouth. Paul is clearly scarred and frightened by this.
During a battle against the french soldiers Paul shoots and mortally injures one of the french. Se describes the blood pouring out of the man's mouth and how he must have suffered a long painful death. Paul cannot stop thinking about this for several days later and is so frightened that he cannot even sleep.
Paul knows that he is a solider and that soldiers are supposed to be fearless, yet he cannot forget about this one moment.The sight of a man being shot and bleeding out haunts Paul. He doesn't know the suffering the man went through as his blood poured out and never wants to shoot another person again.
This chapter is meant to show what it's like to take a persons life. The horror of watching them die right in front of you, and the effects it has after the event.