All Quiet on the Western Front

Comradeship and the horrors of war

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In comradeship is danger countered best.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Paul sits in the trench next to the French soldier that he just killed. It seems like hours since the Frenchman jumped into his trench. He’s been waiting for hours for the sun to go down, so he may rejoin his comrades without being shot by the opposing side. Those hours were torture. He couldn’t shake the sick feeling he felt from the man’s moans and gurgles. The sun finally set and Paul made his move. He can’t find the right trench. He questions all of his moves until he hears the voices of his comrades. They give him the hope he needs in a horrible time. In this scene from the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, captures the horror of war and comradeship. Paul's struggles with keeping his humanity while going through these horrible things, but the friendship and comradery of his fellow soldiers helps him remain human.

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All Quiet on the Western Front

Not what I originally thought

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Don't judge too quickly, sometimes perfection is beyond the perception.

~Lovelorn

Don’t judge something without giving it a chance. My experience reading the first six chapters of All Quiet on the Western Front is a great example of this. After reading one chapter, I immediately judged it and thought it was a bad and boring book, when that hasn’t been the case. All Quiet on the Western Front has gotten better and better as the story has developed, and I realized that what I first thought was wrong.

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The Power of Diversity

Listen and Learn

~Luke Waldeck

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Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.

~Mahatma Gandhi 

I live a very privileged life. I live in Concord; I go to a great private school, and I am white. I don’t have to deal with most of the challenges that other people have to deal with. My family never once had to worry about being pulled over by a police officer for an unnecessary reason, while many black people have to worry about this every time they hop into their car. We need to try and put ourselves in their shoes, so we can understand what they go through, so we can come together.

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