Manifest Destiny
Chapter 8: Sympathy

Chapters 6 & 7: The Emotional and Physical Horrors of War

By: Evren Khan and Charlie Hood

 

The two sides of war

 

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“War does not determine who is right - only who is left”

~Bertrand Russel

 

You can see horror and war through your eyes or in your mind. In All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, war is portrayed in two ways: the physical and the mental. In Chapter Six Paul Baumer, the main character, escapes shell blasts and witnesses the gore of war, but in Chapter Seven he feels the repercussions of the trauma he faced. In Chapter Six, Paul and his company fight against the French in a ferocious battle of spades and hand grenades on the Western Front. No matter their side of the battle, all the soldiers are in a state of survival that doesn’t discriminate who it ravages next. It is the visceral and evolutionary part of war that leaves no man unscathed, emotionally or physically: 

That fills us with ferocity, turns us into thugs, into murderers, into God only knows what devils; this wave that multiplies our strength with fear and madness and greed of life, seeking and fighting for nothing but our deliverance.

Chapter 6 is merely a gruesome smear of blood on a canvas; however, Chapter Seven is a mental trench that leaves serious emotional carnage. In Chapter Seven, Paul, Leer, and Kropp visit the house of three young French girls near where they are stationed during the dead of night. Paul tries to enjoy the company of the girls, but is still in shock from the horrors of his time at the front. The terror and sorrow that he faced didn’t slowly settle down as the gunfire did when he left the front:

But I-I am lost in remoteness, in weakness, and in a passion to which I yield myself trustingly. My desires are strangely compounded by yearning and misery.

Both chapters expose the terribleness of war, but they each present a different side. In Chapter Six, Paul is simply wandering through hell with his eyes closed, not truly feeling what is happening, however, in Chapter Seven, he feels the consequences of his time there. While his body survived through the front in Chapter Six, his mind seems still to be there during Chapter Seven. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but your body isn’t the only part of you that can die.

 

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Jacoby Garber

I just posted on Charlies blog but I liked how you guys both used a different theme (but they were still similar) and different quotes, images, and subtitles. here is the quote that I left on Charlies blog but was meant for both of you guys, "What a beautifully crafter paragraph Charlie and Evren. I truly believe that this was a great pair as I can see the work that you guys do separately combined into a masterpiece. I could tell that you guys spent time looking for synonyms of words, like for example I noticed the word: "visceral.""

Max Yerid

I like your quote, and it fits in well with Chapters Six and Seven. I like how you used imagery in your transition by saying that Chapter Six “is merely a gruesome smear of blood on a canvas…” Your setups are also excellent.

Charlie Hood

Although I love this paragraph I believe I might be a little biased since we shared this paragraph. However, I believe its very well written and concise. Even though we had the same text, our visual rhetoric was different in every way, which I liked. Your quote stood out to me the most, although it was briefer than mine, It captures and sums up war successfully and with excellence. Great work on this!

Jake F.

I just commented on Charlie’s but the flow of each paragraph is amazing and the quotes are great but the setups make those quotes even better. You guys made great setups and you used great word choice for them. Great Job!

Thomas Doherty

I already knew this was gonna be perfect when I saw I was gonna reads Evren writing and they I saw “Charlie and Evren” it blew my mind. I knew I was gonna have a experience of a life time reading this. Oh my god was this good. There isn’t one thing in this reading that was just done with half effort. I can tell you guys worked like dogs in this writing. Nice job.

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