By Andrew Blau and Finley Stevens
“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
Man's greatest instinct is survival. In chapter four of All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, all the soldiers face many challenges, but the most difficult of them all is survival. Surviving the trenches in near impossible but for Paul, Kantorek, Kat, Tjaden and Müller they manage to find their way through with the help of each other, survival and a little bit of luck. Everyone is near the front line placing barbed wire. They were just about finished when Kat’ s instinct to survive kicked in. He got a bad feeling that was telling him that there was going to be a bombardment because the English usually attack at 10pm but they had attacked at 9pm. Kat shared this with everyone right before the bombardments and they all ran back towards the barracks.
“At the sound of the first droning of the shells we rush back, in one part of our being, a thousand years. By the animal instinct that is awakened in us we are led and protected. It is not conscious; it is far quicker, much more sure, less fallible, then conscious. One cannot explain it...it is this other, this second sight in us, that has...saved us, without our knowing how.”
Kat’s sixth sense and his will for survival help him and the rest of the soldiers survive in all types of situations. It is nearly impossible to survive the trenches and because everyone’s common goal is survival. Survival guides the lifestyle in day to day life in the trenches, no matter who you are or who you were the only thing that matters to you is survival. Everyone in the trenches has the same question, will I survive? Survival is what drives everyone to get through any type of situation. The feeling of wanting to survive is man's greatest instinct and without it we wouldn’t be here today.
This process of writing was fairly easy. Me and Finley were fairly efficient both in class and after school working on our paragraph. Finley was a great partner who pulled his weight and split the work even. Finley also has great ideas and was great to collaborate with. Overall this process went very well and I had a good time.