Chapter 3 socratic seminar

Chapter 6 literary reflection paragraph

How chapter 6 makes me feel


“I like books that make me cry not because they make me sad but because they make me feel” -unknown



good writer makes you think, a great writer makes you feel. Reading the descriptions that the author of All Quiet On The Western Front gives, make me feel like I am right there seeing those disgusting sights. Reading chapter six of All Quiet On The Western Front made me feel like I was right there looking at those morbid sights. When the author is telling this story he isn’t simply trying to make you think, he is trying to make you feel. He knows that by giving this extremely detailed writing, he is making us feel like we are looking right at the armless man in front of us. Chapter six in this book tells the story of a huge battle in WWI on the Western Front. The chapter starts with the Germans in a dugout. They are fighting the French in a cruel battle. The french are bombing all the trenches and lots of them are being destroyed. Then once the bombing stops they come in for an attack. The aftermath is very bad. There are so many soldiers just lying there. Some without heads, some without legs.


“We see men living with their skulls blown open; we see soldiers run with their two feet cut off, they stagger on their splintered stumps into the next shell-hole; a lance-corporal crawls a mile and a half on his hands dragging his smashed knee after him; another goes to the dressing station and over his clasped hands bulge his intestines; we see men without mouths, without jaws, without faces; we find one man who has held the artery of his arm in his teeth for two hours in order not to bleed to death.”


Reading this chapter made me feel like I was right there. It is crazy that this writing is so good that i become immersed into this story. Immersed into this battle. Im in this battle. Im watching this battle. Im seeing these wounded soldiers. Im not just thinking like I’m there. I’m feeling like I’m there. It was nice to read this chapter, not because of all the gross things in it, but because it was the chapter that actually made put me in the story and was the first chapter that I actually felt like I was there.