Chapter 7-10 themes review

 

All Quiet On The  Western Front

Connor Soukup

8th Grade English

Literary Analysis



    Good can be found in even the most terrible places. In the book, all quiet on the western front, by Erich Maria Remarque, showed me that kindness and empathy can be found even in war. Even though it would seem like warfare would be the most heartless thing, this book shows otherwise. As well as this chapter being very horrific, it also had a repeated theme of empathy.

 

    Throughout the book the theme of empathy comes up. It’s very surprising and eye catching when you notice it. After all they are all in constant warfare. There is multiple instances where Paul brings out the good in him. Such as when he kills the French soldier and feels bad about it. And he thinks this,

   “My state is getting worse, I can no longer control my thoughts. What would his wife look like? Like the little brunette on the other side of the canal? Does she belong to me now? Perhaps by this act she becomes mine. I wish Kantorek were sitting here beside me. If my mother could see me”.

   He obviously feels bad and there is a couple whole pages of dialogue during which he feels bad about what he did. And thinking about his family and how terrible murder was. He wanted to put him out of his misery but his morals stopped him. “If only I had not lost my revolver crawling about, I would shoot him. Stab him I cannot.” And on another occasion he was in camp and they were keeping Russian captives and they were all struggling to survive. Paul brought his rations and supplies to them and tried to help them even though he knows on the battlefield they would try and kill him. “And yet we would shoot at them again and they at us if they were free.”

 

   Being aware that being in war you don’t lose all of your morals but just push them down deep inside you makes me feel less dread for warfare. An during these parts where Paul showed empathy for his enemy’s who would try to kill, yet he still helped

them and showed something like care for them.

   The battlefield isn’t very friendly and it’s not soldiers best interest to feel empathy for their enemies, paul's overall morals made him take dangerous risks for the greater good.




Metacognition for video (all quiet on the western front)

 

Metacognition for video reflection

 For All quiet on the western front 

By: Connor Soukup

 

     The writing and making my video, although very rushed I learned a lot about iMovie during the process. And making this video was useful and a great way to finish off the book. Throughout the reading of the book, we as a class hade to do many literary reflections by yourself and with partners. Also we had to write many metacognition’s as well as take a couple of quizzes. But making the video overall was my favorite type of reflection we did. I enjoyed finding the pictures and comparing them with the audio to find the write spot for them on the slideshow. Overall creating the video was a great way to finish the book.

 

 

 


Chapter six reflection

Morality Of War

By: Connor Soukup

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Those with hearts live and without die

We have lost all feeling for one another. We can hardly control ourselves when our glance lights on the form of some other man. We are insensible, dead men, who through some trick, some dreadful magic, are still able to run and to kill.” -All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

 

     The absence of morality is the answer to survival. While reading Chapter Six of All Quiet On The Western Front, I learned how important it is to immoral and although the thought of being merciful sounds pleasant the true outcome is horrific. The brutality of war can only be seen though the eyes of the soldiers fighting in it. We are unable to know the true feelings that went through the heads of the few survivors, who yet being alive had to find their worst selfs to survive.

    I have read books and seen many movies and films about how terrible war is and what it may feel like to be in their suit. But chapter 6 has proved it like I’ve never seen before. In Chapter Six;

the earth is the background of this restless, gloomy world of automatons, our gasping is the scratching of a quill, our lips are dry, our heads are debauched with stupor—thus we stagger forward, and into our pierced and shattered souls bores the torturing image of the brown earth with the greasy sun and the convulsed and dead soldiers, who lie there—it can’t be helped—who cry and clutch at our legs as we spring away over them.”

The soldiers braved the horror survive and the new soldiers and recruits didn’t make it. This is because of how weak and unstable their minds are that they don’t know how to keep their mind closed and only think of survival. A young recruit in a dugout being bombed “began mashing is head against the wall”  It made me think of how manipulating war is and how it can change you to a different person.

     I learned from this chapter that the worst sights in the world happen during war. During the part where protagonists were stepping over bodies and seeing all the young soldiers from both sides getting unable to comprehend what is happening and than getting their heads blown off. While reading I was connected the the words as if I was really there, the sights and sounds that the characters feel I felt also. The writing yet explaining terrible things, had an amazing way of describing it. And this chapter has delplayed it the best. 

     Human morality is our greatest weakness. This fact may seem awful, but the truth was the only thing keeping these soldiers alive rather than dead. Their experiences throughout chapter six was evidence that the strong survives and the weak parish.


All quiet on the western front chapter 3 themes

Insticncts in all quiet in the western front

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“Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves; our twenty years, which made many another thing so grievous, helped us in this. But by far the most important result was that it awakened in us a strong, practical sense of esprit de corps, which in the field developed into the finest thing that arose out of the war—comradeship.“ 

-Excerpt From, All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

 

 

 

     Instincts have been what has kept the human race alive from the dawn of time. If not for instincts in All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, there will be a lot more death. In chapter four, during the assault from the British and French, the main characters use their instincts to save their lives, and the lives of others through the first couple chapters times.

   For instance, when the bombs start dropping on them while they travel back to the lorries, their instincts tell them that the graveyard is their only cover, even though from a different perspective you might think the graveyard would be too dangerous. They also use their instincts while the bombing is happening, like when the main character rolls into a fresh crater from a shell, or when he climbs out of the hole when the gas comes around. If they didn’t move away from their bunker, they would have all blown up, but their instincts told them they had to leave. These decisions made when under a lot of stress and pressure which are the instincts that keep them alive.

    I feel that the authors use of instinct reflects quite a few things in this book. It shows how in war every second is a battle and if not for their own instincts many more of their comrades in the war would end up dead or worse. The other thing the authors use of instincts reflects how war turns men into their most primal state. Showing us what they are really made of.

   In its most basic state, this book provides an interesting a thought, provoking and stimulating chance to think about the instincts of man. And the effects their instincts have on their lives and others.




Socratic seminar for all quiet on the western front

 

Socratic seminar ideas

 

 

 

     In the Socratic seminar I would like to discuss the role that katzinski has on his peers because I have found that he is one of the most interesting characters in the book so far. His insight and wisdom he has into life has brought up some very good points. I also really like his quotes and I think they are very well said and that is why he will probably play a large role in this book. For themes I would like to discuss loneliness and how the soldiers fight it by building close relationships with each other. And other themes like sacrifice and anger and how they play parts and interlock with each other. The effect that sacrifice has on the soldiers and what it causes them to do I believe will be brought up later and throughout the book. Other than those themes, I found in chapter three that the themes of superiority and revenge come up a lot within the troops. Like how when given power over other people it causes you to change opinions and maybe become a different person emotionally and mentally. And for those following order I would say that they are not thinking about what would happen if they didn’t follow orders or if it is a good idea but almost droning on as most soldiers do while in war. Overall the reason I bring up superiority and title change is because this book takes place on the battlefield during a world war so their will probably be some title change soon. The characters in this book I have not paid a lot of attention to but more on the themes. This book I suspect to be dosas and already has been because of men losing legs and limbs which back than basically ruined your life.


Narrative on choices

Choices narrative

BE3CB857-C203-43C8-AD1F-7CA24C808C46                  “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice defines you”-John C. Maxwell

 

 

     One choice can change your life forever. It is the only thing moving you along the path of life. you’re choices define you and make you who you are. Think about a choice you made and how it affected you. My greatest choice was going to sleepaway camp for the first time in 4th grade. I was frightened and worried about the summer being “wasted”. What I didn’t know was how it would effect my life the next coming years.

 

   Back in fourth grade I hadn’t been able to leave my home town a lot because of our large family. Although I longed for some change from our home town. The choice wasn’t difficult because my two older brothers had gone and I have seen and heard a lot about the camp. It’s a wilderness 7-week sleep away camp called camp Mowglis. The day I arrived I felt immediately welcomed. We climbed mountains, the air to me the freshest in the world and swimming in the lake felt like it was cleaner than any water you would drink in America. I formed friendships and fell in love with the New Hampshire scenery. And to this day it is still the best part of my year being secluded in the fresh wilderness of New Hampshire.

 

    And being in school writing about this makes me long for the smoky campfire and windy mountain summits. And the long talks with my dorm mates about life outside of camp yet we still are grieving for camp being over. I’ve formed great friendships and with most of my dorm and it’s sad to think about most of us parting ways when we graduate.

 

    My camp years have taught me a lot about life beside how to keep a campfire going in the pouring rain or how to apply a tourniquet and a splint in the middle of the woods only using the materials I have. It has taught me a lot about life and about what is important to me. The choices I’ve made have created who I am.

 


 

 

 

Winter trees

 

Cold bark cold ground(a)

Stinging sharp air (b)

Waiting spring bound(a)

stay on your mare(b)

 

Cold howl white steam(c)

Drifting upward(d)

Forcefully and mean(c)

Coping with nature(d)

 

 

Tell a story

 

See that cabin(a)

Through the mold(b)

cabin be havin(a)

Dark wet and cold(b)

 

Given up hope(c)

How worse to he (d)

To bad to cope(c)

Please not to me(d)

 

Metacognition:

I was in a rush to do these poems, iPad wouldn’t work and I could only do this on pages. I missed some of the classes of explaination so I might not have gotten this right. 

 


 

 

 

Winter trees

 

Cold bark cold ground(a)

Stinging sharp air (b)

Waiting spring bound(a)

stay on your mare(b)

 

Cold howl white steam(c)

Drifting upward(d)

Forcefully and mean(c)

Coping with nature(d)

 

 

Tell a story

 

See that cabin(a)

Through the mold(b)

cabin be havin(a)

Dark wet and cold(b)

 

Given up hope(c)

How worse to he (d)

To bad to cope(c)

Please not to me(d)

 

Metacognition:

I was in a rush to do these poems, iPad wouldn’t work and I could only do this on pages. I missed some of the classes of explaination so I might not have gotten this right. 

 


Music reflection

Music in my life

 

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                                       “Music is life, that’s why are hearts have beats”-Unknown

      

 

     I’m not a very big music fan. I don’t know many of the artists or what they do. I usually just get in to one type of music for awhile and listen to that according to my mood. And it helps me clarify how I’m feeling. And the mood that I’m in.

     Personally I like songs with an actual meaning. Not meaningless pop songs that repeat the same line over and over with the same beat. I really like country music for the lyrics and the mood of the songs. They are adventurous and have an optimistic feeling. Their themes may not always be golden, but the message of the music in general is. I also listen the edm music whenever I just want a good beat and not as much of a feeling besides the moods of the songs.

     I used to never listen to music because I didn’t have headphones. Once I got headphones I actually got into music. And the more I listen to it, the more I like it. So in conclusion, I would recommend music to everyone and for everyone to give it a try.