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Chapter 8 Themes

Empathy Feelings



                        If You Judge People You Have No 

                               Time To Love Them.



    People can only understand someone if you feel them in yourself, but empathy in chapter eight of All Quiet On The Western Front shows Paul the differences him and his enemy. Empathy shows Paul that the real enemy is the officers that tell the soldiers what to do like there just pawns in a chess game. This is because Paul and his enemy are really the same just normal men turned into beasts that are commanded to fight. This chapter has showed me that even the soldiers who have seen things unimaginable still can have feelings for others. Paul finds the Russians in a prison along side there camp. He sees there faces and feels sorry for them and feels sympathy almost as if he was in the cage.


“I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians. They bow to me and then light the cigarettes. Now red points glow in every face. They comfort me; it looks as though there were little windows in dark village cottages saying that behind them are rooms full of peace.”

   Paul finds peace in helping the Russians. He gives them some of his food and cigarettes because he realizes that they are in similar circumstances to him and he feels empathy for what they are going through. The horror of war has changed the way Paul thinks about his life outside of war and on the front. It has changed the way he thinks about people. Thinking about others is not a skill you want to have while at war because next time he is faced with a decision between fighting and running he might run instead. Having feelings for other is one of the only things keeping Paul human. Empathy is necessary for a good life and I am interested to see where it takes Paul.

Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Johnny Drapeau

Being there for family is what counts


    Empathy is a major theme in chapter 8. I read chapter 8 on Tuesday on my couch and did not really understand it. I read it but did not actually take in any of the information because it is such a short chapter. I than read litcharts and understood the chapter more. Empathy is really shown when Paul think about the differences between him and his enemy. Really there is no difference they are both just men trying to kill each other, then have no really reason but they do it because that is what they are told. They really had one common enemy and that is the officers who tell them what to do. I thought that the soldiers would have lost empathy after being on the front for so long but clearly Paul still has feelings. Later in the chapter Paul meets with his dad and sister and they do not have much to talk about besides how his mom is sick with cancer. The chapter ended very suddenly and I am wondering what will happen or why this chapter was so short. I believe that something bad is coming up and the suspense has just been piling up. The book is getting better but Iam ready for the action.



What Friends Are For




“Good Friends Are Like Stars, You Can Not Always 

See Them, But They Are Always There.”


      Good friends will always be there for you when your down. I have many crazy and funny experiences with my friends but this one has stuck with me. My friends can make even the worst days good. I can list countless times where my fiends have done crazy things to make the day great. It’s a Sunday night on a long weekend. We have Monday and Tuesday off so I was already in a good mood. A group of my friends all head to Kimball Farms and push kids into the bumperboats, play bad mini golf and get some good ice cream and frenchfries. We all have a great time and get picked up and dropped at Finley’s house. We have great cheeseburgers and I am still in a great mood with my friends being crazy making everything 10 times better. We play some manhunt in the dark and I lost over and over again until one round where I thought I had a great hiding spot. I hit behind the pool and bumped into the massive tube keeping all of the water inside. The water comes rushing out and I am drenched in seconds. I scream and try to put the tube back in place while getting soaked by half of a pool. I am dripping with water from head to toe and try to dry off outside. I am not in the best mood by this point and I play some knee hockey inside and loose and the night is not looking as good as it was just 20 minutes ago. We all cover our selves in pillows and blankets and try to go to sleep in our own little fort so we didn’t have to deal with each other sleeping. Even though I can not sleep my friends being funny lift my mood and I am right back t normal. I go into Nate’s fort and spray axe all over his face aswell as throw random things inside. Nate starts screaming and everyone laughs. He made sure to get us back and we all had a great time. It didn’t matter how bad of a mood I was in they could always cheer me up. That’s the great thing about friends because no matter what happens you count on them to make even the most boring lectures into the funniest things in the world. Good friends are always there where something good or bad happens for you. Good friends are always there when you need them.


Socratic Topic


      In chapter seven of, All Quiet On The Western Front, Paul is reminded of his past as the soldiers have a leave and get a few days off from the front. Tommorow in the Socratic I would like to talk about the soldiers past. Rather then this being a relaxing break from the front, Paul is reminded of how much his family has lost because of the war. I am wondering if there is anything else to Paul’s past that we don’t know yet. I think that because of how Paul saw Kantoreks Mom be so sad about his death it out the image of how his family would react. In the chapter we learned a lot about Paul and I found that the author did not put as much description into setting the scene but instead putting in what the characters are thinking. I think that this was a great change of pace for the book and something different that definetly added to the book. I woul also like to talk about how war has changed the soldiers and how they feel about there past. I am also wondering if the changes in there life are similar to the ones soldiers deal with now. This chapter was long but packed with information. I am interested to see what happens in chapter 8, perhaps the author will keep the same pace in the book or bring us right back to the action on the front.

Chapter 6 Litererary Reflection

Chapter Six Themes



The Horror Of War

“Sometimes We Need To Loose

The Small Battles To Win The




Even the brave cannot escape horror. In chapter six, of All Quiet On The Western Front, horror of war is able to get to the soldiers and the reader. While I was reading the book I could feel the suspense building up and could tell a fight scene was going to break out. It was almost like watching a scene from a movie, the description was so vivid it gave me a picture of the battle. I felt for the the terrified soldiers even the strong Himmelstoss was scared, “We found him with a small scratch lying in a corner pretending to be wounded. His face looks sullen.” Leading up to the battle it seemed like some of the scenes were unneeded; however,  during the fight I wanted to here every word and description of the horrifying images the book out in you head, “we run past we toss handfuls down into the dug-outs, the earth shudders, it crashes, smokes and groans, we stumble over slippery lumps of flesh, over yielding bodies; I fall into an open belly on which lies a clean, new officer’s cap.” The author does a great job of describing the scene and make the reader see an exact image of what he is writing. Horror is the engine of the book that keeps it going. I feel like this is as close to being in war as a 14 years old boy from concord can get. I was hesitant to keep reading after I read the first chapter with no action but the horror of war has been a main theme recently and has gotten me interested. People getting pelted with machine guns left and right, constant fighting and going inside of the kinds of the soldiers. These men are like beasts on the battle field and when they stop the become men again. Annotating has challenged me to think more about what I am reading and in my experience has slowed me down a lot. A month ago if you had asked me if I was enjoying my book if would have answered with a hard NO. Now that horror is a big part in the story I have been feeding off of it. I am interested to see where the horror will go and what directions it will take the book in.


Chapter 4 Literary Analysis

 All Quiet On The Western Front Literary Analysis 



“‘A leader leads by example, not forrce.”


Messages In  A Book



Brotherhood is how men are able to get through the war. While reading “All Quiet On The Western Front”, the themes are what brings the book to life. Kat is the clear leader of the soldiers on the front. There is a chain of brotherhood and leadership which connects all of the men. In chapter 4 brotherhood keeps them alive and Paul demonstrates great empathy and courage when he takes a new recruit under his wing. This was an example of brotherhood on the battlefield. As they walk back to camp after the bombardment suddenly get attacked by English soldiers with poison gas. One young recruit who Paul helped when they were getting bombed while building barb wire was in trouble and Paul got him to cover and saved his life again. Paul was determined to save the young recruit and show his sense of brotherhood that Katzinsky taught him when he was young. Katczinsky stood up for his soldiers in the beginning of the book when the cook wouldn’t serve food that he made for for 80. “Why won’t that do, you old carrot?” demanded Katczinsky. “Eighty men can’t have what is meant for a hundred and fifty.” “We’ll soon show you,” growled Müller. “I don’t care about the stew, but I can only issue rations for eighty men,” persisted Ginger. Katczinsky got angry. “You might be generous for once. You haven’t drawn food for eighty men. You’ve drawn it for the Second Company. Good. Let’s have it then. We are the Second Company" Katzinsky stepped up for his fellow soldiers and was bargained with the cook for more food for the group. This book is a great book that shows history, survival and brotherhood. Chapter 4 was a great chapter with lots of fighting and I am excited to see what direction this book goes in.


My partner and I worked pretty well, we had some disagreements but it all worked out in the end. The work was kind of evenly split and we did our best to work together on each sentence. We had very similar thought and overall worked well together.


All quiet on The Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front


So far, “All Quiet On The Western Front” has been a pretty good book. As I am reading along with the group I can really understand more about the characters and there personalities. The author has a great way of painting the picture of the scene before it even starts. In my head I have my own image of what the front looks like which is probably very similar to my classmates. Just in the first few chapters you can tell that Kat is the leader of the group, but I believe that he is going to die later in the book. He is a good role model and is teaching the younger boys how to survive and thrive in the front. Survival and power are twin big themes that have been the entire plot of the book so far. The vocabulary is very difficult but the wording is pretty easy to understand. I am still a little unsure in why himmeltoss is so harsh while training. In class we talked about he could be insecure but I am wondering why he is still taking out his anger. I believe the death that came early in the book will come back later because we had never really gotten to know the character and it seems like the death must have some meaning. All of the crazy things they do seem pretty weird and old but it is funny to think that it was only 100 years ago. I am wondering when the fighting will start and am interested to see what my classmates think will happen to Kat later on. I am interested to see what happens in the end and to see if my predictions were correct and that is what I would like to talk about in the socratic.