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The challenges of Misery
by Colby Mara & Jaxson Terry
Misery, an experience that’s unbearable, shakes man’s core. In Chapter 11 of All Quiet on the Western Front Paul is going through the worst misery imaginable. With all Paul's friends dead the war is the last of the things he worries about or has on his mind. In Chapter 12 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul is in a garden thinking back on the war and realizes how alone he really is. “I am very quiet. Let the months and years come, they can take nothing from me, they can take nothing more. I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear. The life that has borne me through these years is still in my hands and my eyes. Whether I have subdued it, I know not. But so long as it is there it will seek its own way out, heedless of the will that is within me.”During Paul’s time in the war he has spent a ton of time alone and witnessing death. Since all of his friends passed away he has spent a ton of his days alone and in misery. Paul now has extreme PTSD from all the blood, death, and the hearing of raid sirens. He is now living his war life alone, depressed, and miserable. misery is an unimaginable experience to go through.
by Colby Mara & Jaxson Terry
Death is something one must overcome themself. In Chapter 11 of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Paul comes face to face with this when all his friends die., Paula has entered the war with all his friends, but now he has no one, All of his friends are now dead. Right before Muller died, Paul made sure that he gave Paul his pocket book and boots to remember him. Paul wears them to remember him as a friend and also because they fit him well. When Paul dies he will give them to tjaden, so that he can remember them.Before he died he handed over his pocket-book to me, and bequeathed me his boots--the same that he once inherited from Kemmerich. I wear them, for they fit me quite well. After me Tjaden will get them, I have promised them to him.”“Müller is dead.” When Paul is on the front line being constantly bombarded and shot at by the English who have new equipment and fresh soldiers and are in much better shape than them, the Germans who have wounded soldiers returning to the front lines, Kat says Germany ought to be empty soon and they have no equipment left the barrels are so worn and they shoot uncertainly. Paul and Kat assess the situation, all they can see is corroding, death. The only loss from death is you living while everyone around you dies.
“We slammed to the ground so hard”
“How did we even crash?”
“You’ve must’ve hit a rock”
“The sand can sometimes hide the objects underneath”
“Ya I couldn’t see because of the blinding sun”
“Well maybe you should’ve took the sunglasses that Jack offered you”
“I know but we are so low on money I didn’t want to spend it on those expensive sunglasses”
“Yah well maybe you should have told me there was a rock up ahead”
“Maybe you should have kept your eyes on the road”
“Alright bickering is not going to fix our problems, we have to think of a solution”
“What should we do”
“I don’t know why you can't figure it out. After all, you are the one who got us into this sticky situation.”
“Alright we have an extra wheel in the back”
“I don’t know how to put on a wheel. Do you?”
“Luckily I do”
“Well can you put it on then?”
“I can try but it won’t be pretty”
“Well try your best because the sun is starting to set”
“The wheel is on”
“Finally you did something good today.”
“Let’s get this thing back on the road”
“Sounds like a plan”
“I’m gonna drive this time”
“Good idea now let's hurry”
“…… Oh no”
“The gas is low, did you leave the car running?”
“Only because it is scorching hot outside and I need the ac, we need to find a gas station”
“I can see one up ahead”
“Ok, I only have 15 dollars left, that should be enough to get us back”
“Ok I don’t have any money”
“…..Maybe it was a good thing we didn’t buy the glasses then”
Dear Colby Mara,
Hello Colby Mara, I am writing you a letter to express my feelings about my experience of war. Over the past couple days I've seen way too much death and blood. I am writing to you to express my feelings. I have seen a lot of horrifying things fighting in this war and I have extreme PTSD from it. I’ve seen a lot of blood and death, and almost everyday I see a new person die. Every night before I go to bed I always think of what my future will be like, of course if I survive the war. I wonder if I am still going to see my friends and family again, and if so when.
Since I’ve seen all this death it really has turned me into a new man. I now have a mentality of killing and surviving like a savage. I am always alert 24/7 even when I go to bed I hear sounds like an air horn going off or someone screaming in pain. I can't stop thinking about what I just saw on the battlefield. I watch the Russian soldiers rot in their cells and then I feel horrible for not helping them. Watching them starve to death and not doing anything about it makes me feel evil. It's insane what I see all in one day of fighting. After every battle I have to go wash the blood and guts off my gun and uniform.
The main reason I am writing to you is that I don't want you to experience what I am experiencing. If there is a war in the future you can not be a part of it. If I ever see you again I am telling you now I will not be the same person as before the war. I have major PTSD from the war and that really damages my body, and it just keeps getting worse. Everyday I see and hear multiple things I wish I hadn't. Today, I saw Russian soldiers die one by one in their cells due to hunger. What would you do in that situation, because I couldn’t do anything. I had to sit there and watch them each die. The sounds they were making while dying is something I will never forget.
Basically what I want you to take away from this letter is how bad my experience has been and I don't want you to have this experience in the future. I don't want you to feel bad for me, but I want you to think about how good your life is right now. Be grateful you are safe, loved, and happy because others are not and fighting for their life. I hope this war is over soon, so I can see you again and hopefully I'll be the same man I was before I became a soldier.
Your friend, Paul
How one can Lose Himself after the War
War is the greatest failure of mankind
Even during the war, it is important to remember that we are all still human. In Chapter 8 of All Quiet on the Western Front, the main character Paul explores ideas of humanity when he witnesses Russian prisoners of war starving. Paul can relate to the soldiers, being a soldier himself, and thinks they look a lot like German peasants and describes them as looking “kindly” and having “honest” faces. At night, Paul is guarding the Russians by the wire fence that separates the training camp from the prison camp and is thinking to himself:
“A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends. At some table, a document is signed by some persons whom none of us knows, and then for years together that very crime on which formerly the world’s condemnation and severest penalty fall, becomes our highest aim. But who can draw such a distinction when he looks at these quiet men with their childlike faces and apostles’ beards. Any non-commissioned officer is more of an enemy to a recruit, any schoolmaster to a pupil than they are to us. And yet we would shoot at them again and they at us if they were free.”
When Paul first arrives at the camp, he examines the Russian prisoners because he sees that they look a lot like the peasants from his own country: “They have faces that make one think—honest peasant faces, broad foreheads, broad noses, broad mouths, broad hands, and thick hair.” When Paul first arrives at the camp, he can’t tell if he’s feeling sympathy or empathy. Sympathy towards the soldiers and their predicament, or empathy towards the soldiers because he too, is a soldier. After Paul witnesses the abominable condition and dilemma of the prisoners, he realizes that he and the men in front of him are pretty alike. They are both soldiers, fighting in a war they don’t truly believe in, both soldiers who don’t know why they’re fighting, and both soldiers that don’t want to be fighting. “If only they would not look at one so—What great misery can be in two such small spots, no bigger than a man’s thumb—in their eyes!” With Paul realizing the cruelty and inhumanity of the prison camp, he becomes aware of the fact that he doesn’t feel anything anymore. Paul believes he is unable to feel sympathy and can’t “perceive” the Russian prisoners. As Chapter 8 goes on, Paul becomes more and more detached from his family and himself. Paul is like a snowball rolling down a hill; even if he might want to stop, he can’t. His detachment can only grow. The chapter ends with Paul giving the Russian soldiers 2 of his mother's cakes; us as readers are left to wonder how Paul will move forward; will he move forward?
Paul is Damaged because of the War
~Colby Mara & Tommy Doherty
War physically and mentally damages you. The book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque the book explores the horrors of war and the consequences of war. Chapter six shows the action, the death, and the blood of war, meanwhile in chapter seven shows the consequences and emotions of war. In chapter 6 of all Quiet on the Western Front, Paul had to dig out of the hole that they were buried in because of all the bombardments. While digging out of the hole they were a lot calmer because they knew they were safe. “We are calmer because we have had something to do.” Chapter six highlights more action and the physical parts of war, likewise chapter seven highlights more of the consequences of war and everything Paul has lost. In the book, All Quiet On the Western Front Paul has PTSD from the war. Paul has to face the consequence of the war. All the death and blood he has seen has made Paul become a new man. “Why can I not put my head in your lap and weep? Why have I always been strong and self-controlled?” Even though chapter 6 was a lot of battle scenes and chapter 7 was about the horrors of the war they had some similarities but they also did have some differences. In chapter 6 Paul is on the front line fighting for his life however in chapter 7 Paul is back home and is reflecting on his time on the front line. A similarity between the two chapters was how there was war in both chapters. Even though Paul wasn’t phisical at the war in chapter 7 he was constantly thinking about the war. A difference between the 2 chapters was how in chapter 6 Paul was risking his life being on the front line and in chapter 7 Paul wasn’t at the front line. He was at his house where he felt a lot safer. In both chapters six and seven, the book shows the horrors of war but in different meanings and ways.
Winter over Summer
Winter is better than summer
There are a lot of differences between summer and winter, but winter is far more superior than summer. Summer is made for people who are lazy and want to sit around all day doing nothing. Everyone who likes summer more than winter does not want to work hard and achieve goals. Winter is for people who I work hard at school and want to succeed. Since there is school in winter you7 need to work hard if you want to succeed. There are great things you do in the winter like pond skating, skiing and snowboarding since there is snow on the ground, and lastly have epic snowball fights. Winter and summer are two very different seasons and have very different activities you can do due to the weather, and winter is the better season.
Winter is a one of a kind season, you can do so many things in winter that you can't do in any other season. The best thing you can do in winter is to go pond skating outside on a pond. This is an electric experience because when you're skating and look through the pond and see the seaweed and grime at the bottom of the pond. Once you set up the nets and get your friends you can do a 3v3 pond hockey game. Tons of people love this because it says in https://www.samessenger.com “pond hockey tournaments draw crowds at St. Albans Bay Park”. The facts from this quote prove that everyone loves pond hockey games and they draw big crowds. There are pond hockey 3v3 tournaments everywhere and if you win you can get a prize. You can not do this in the summer because the frozen ponds will now be liquid with living creatures in it. In the summer it is hot so you can not go outside and skate, you would have to go to a rink if you want to skate.
Whether you ski or go snowboarding, winter is the best season for that because it is the only season you can do that in. Since winter is the only season with snow, skiing and snowboarding is the season to do it. Skiing and snowboarding is amazing especially when there is fresh powder lying on the ground waiting for you. Almost everyone who lives in areas with snow has gone either skiing or snowboarding. Skiing and snowboarding is especially fantastic when you go with your friends because you can go off on your own and talk, race, get into a little bit of trouble, and it makes the experience so much more fun. If you can't ski or snowboard, and want to learn, it is easier to ski than snowboard. According to theskigathering.com “Skiing is easier to learn but harder to master, snowboarding is harder to learn but you can master it more quickly”. The facts from this quote is that skiing is easier and snowboarding is harder to learn. You can not do this in summer because in the summer it is warm, so there is no snow on the ground.
An incredible experience that you can do in the cold snowy winter is go outside, grab some rocks, wood, dead trees and limbs, and make a bonfire. This is a spectacular experience to do because watching the fire burn, the logs in the fire turn to ash, and the heat going against your face in the freezing cold feels great. Hearing the pine on the trees crackle in the fire and the cold wind blowing against your back is something you need to try. It says in https://www.theodysseyonline.com “'Tis the season of warm weather, high energy, and late nights spent with good friends. The best way to combine the three is, obviously, with a bonfire”. The facts in this article proves that most people love having bonfires. You could do this in the summer but it will not compare to doing it in the winter because in the winter it is cold and snowy and in the summer it is hot.
Robert Frost once said “You can’t get too much winter in the winter”. Winter is an amazing season with great activities.
By Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
If by Rudyard Kipling
How to be successful in life
If you fall, get right back up. If by Rudyard Kipling will turn you from being a little boy, into a grown man all in one poem because of all the determination in it. This poem is about facing challenges and being determined to overcome them. Last week I had a hockey game against the bandits at my home rink. This was a very important game because we have never played this team before and they are ranked ahead of us. “And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss;”. “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster”. This poem is all about not giving up and always being determined to achieve your goals. That is why I love this poem so much because when something is hard giving up will automatically Give you no shot of succeeding. Being determined will help you reach your goal and that is why this poem is so important to me. I want to remember this poem for the rest of my life so when I face a challenge I can overcome it and be successful instead of giving up. determination is key in order to be successful in life.
I chose the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. I searched the internet for a good amount of time looking for a good poem that I like and would remember for a long time in my life, something that means something to me. I saw the poem If and as soon as I read it I knew this was the one. This poem is all about determination and keeping your head up high. The reason I picked this poem is because I love how its about moving forward even if it is hard too. Determination is very important to me because if you give up you won't be able to active your goal.
The Call of the Wild
Theme of Call of the Wild
Everything that is difficult will be worth it in the end. The Call of the Wild by Jack London was a very difficult book for me to read because of all the difficult words throughout the book. Reading The Call of The Wild was really difficult for me, so I had to really read the context around the word closely in order to figure out what the word meant. This means I had to pay very close attention to the word when reading it which was really difficult for me from time to time.
When I was reading The Call of the Wild I was highlighting every single word I did not know which made it a little more difficult to read, but after the first couple chapters the word cunning popped up at least three times. Every single time I saw that word I would highlight it, but every time it came up I had no idea what it meant even looking around the word and context. This made it so difficult to read when this word kept showing up and every time it did I had no clue what it meant making it so hard to read. The whole entire book was like this with words I didn’t even know how to pronounce which was frustrating to me. Reading this book was very difficult, hard, and frustrating for me. It was mostly difficult for me because I did not know what was happening in the book. I would read and highlight each chapter but then once finished I had no idea what I just read. Highlighting words I have not seen before made it take a little longer as well because I was reading the book off my tiny phone. But since I finished the book I feel better and more free because I don't have to worry about not being able to answer questions about the book.
In my opinion I do not think The Call of the Wild is worth reading. I believe this because it's not worth going through all this frustration over a book with very difficult words in it. I would like to read an interesting book that I can follow and talk about in class.