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Returning home is an experience that touches all. In chapter seven of All Quiet in The Western Front, Paul Baümer returns to his home in Germany after a long time at war. During chapter seven of the book Paul goes on leave to see his family in Germany. Although he is glad to be home he sees that his mother has cancer and is very sick. Paul returned home but is not able to adjust and breaks down in tears when he sees his sister.
“I lean against the wall and grip my helmet and rifle. I hold them as tight as I can, but I cannot take another step, the staircase fades before my eyes, I support myself with the butt of my rifle against my feet and clench my teeth fiercely, but I cannot speak a word, my sister’s call has made me powerless, I can do nothing, I struggle to make myself laugh, to speak, but no word comes, and so I stand on the steps, miserable, helpless, paralysed, and against my will the tears run down my cheeks.”
~All Quiet on The Western Front
When Paul get emotional from seeing his parents we see a differ side of him one where he is not a soldier, but a human being. This chapter is critical for understanding Paul and the soldier of World War One. I think we can all relate to a time when we have been so grateful and relieved that we just lose control of ourselves. In the end this chapter just empathized the horrors of war.
Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'
Empathy is important in every life. In the book all quiet on the western front Paul is faced with a hard decision in which he must chose empathy or to ignore the facts. Though Paul is a soldier he find it in himself to be empathetic. He must put his ideals as a soldier behind him.
In chapter eight Paul is sent home from the front for awhile. When home he is commissioned to work as a sentry at a prison camp. In the prison camp Russians who have been captured during the war are being held. As Paul guards them he begins to empathize.
“They stand at the wire fence; sometimes one goes away and then another at once takes his place in the line. Most of them are silent; occasionally one begs a cigarette butt.
I see their dark forms, their beards move in the wind. I know nothing of them except that they are prisoners; and that is exactly what troubles me. Their life is obscure and guiltless;—if I could know more of them, what their names are, how they live, what they are waiting for, what their burdens are, then my emotion would have an object and might become sympathy. But as it is I perceive behind them only the suffering of the creature, the awful melancholy of life and the pitilessness of men.
A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends.”
With this empathy Paul overcame the ideas of your Allies enemy being your enemy and tied to help the Russians by feeding them and giving the cigarettes. Other solders probably would have not done that, but Paul finds it in his heart to have empathy and act on it. From the beginning of the book we could see that Paul had deeper meaning than just a soldier. This chapter help show it.
i thought that I'd post these videos for my"interesting to me post". I really liked the lord of the rings books and movies. These videos help explain the books and movies in a simple way.
Hope you enjoy.
Help can come in many different forms, it is important to recognize it. Fenn is just one stop on my journey through life, but it has been able to consume five years of my attention, imagination, and determination. I think of Fenn as book left, waiting to be read, along a long dirt road. The road may get ruff and the days may get dark, but I will always be able to reference the knowledge I gained from Fenn. I do not know where I will go or what I will do in life, and I often wonder about the future. When I first came to Fenn I did not realize the importance of the time I would spend there. Now as I look back I see the impact Fenn ad had on me, but a I grow the past becomes more distant and the present is distracted by the future. So at time I take time to think on all three, in regards to my time at Fenn. My past at Fenn my present at Fenn and my future at Fenn. Though thoughts of my past may distract me I must keep my self in the present and my eyes to the future
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
The sun shone through the window lighting the pages as I flipped throughs the the story that would change my life. The couch cushioned me as I lay. I blocked the bright sun with pillow, and sighed looking out the window wishing for the warmth of spring, as I read on the chapters grew thicker and more full of value. I had been reading the odyssey for the past month, and it was coming to an end, but I'll start this story at the beginning.
English had been interesting and a new experience since It had started in the fall so when When Fitz announced that we would be reading the odyssey it seem exiting and I was very interested in it. We begin to read and the book seemed good and full of detail and history, I was really enjoying the first few chapters, but as the day started getting colder the book started seeming more and more dull. With the story's getting deeper and the chapters getting longer I started too avoid reading the odyssey. The story's seemed not to resonate with me, and I was board. Once In a while the books seemed to get a bit exiting. Then the story's and chapters of Odysseus travels came in and relight the hole book, I started to red and annotate chapters more and more. With the help from Fitz's web site and narration from Ian Mckellen I was able to seize my excitement agin and read on. Till the story began to come to a conclusion and yet again my excitement flared down. The chapters of the set up for Odysseuss return broad me and I wanted the book to end. When I finally came to chapter twenty two I could barley stop my self from reading on. The chapter loomed over the class as we descended in to the multi purpose room. We had been told of the chapter and its glorious battle and we where all excited to read it. As we lay on the soft mat having just finished our mediation the whole class as ready for the epic conclusion. We took turns reading from the book describing the gruesome scenes of the suitors deaths. By the end of that class we all felt satisfied. The journey had been long and full of ups and downs but in the end the lessons and tales of the odyssey will last forever.
In the time that I have been reading the odyssey it has taught me many things, among them the virtues of hospitality, courage, respect and secrecy. The first lesson the odyssey taught me was that of secrecy. The ability to hide and keep secrets is a huge part of the odyssey without this ability Penelope would not be able to fool the Achaeans with her loom scheme for so long. without secrecy Odysseus would not be able to hide himself from the suitors when he arrives back home, and without this ability eurycleia would not be able to keep the secret of Odysseus return. Looking deeper into the Odyssey the idea of hospitality come to mind I encountered hospitality first in the odyssey when Telemachus invited a man of the street into his home not knowing that he could be the great god Athena. hospitality can be seen every day, but not in the same magnitude that it was in the Odyssey. In the odyssey hospitality was not only expected but demanded, and nowadays the importance of hospitality has been forgotten while fear and suspicion have taken demand. I soon noticed as the odyssey came to a conclusion all of the lesson it had taught me could be seen in many books and I try to find it in them.
With the odyssey came many trials not only in the book but also in reading the book. The odyssey was not just another school assignment but an opportunity to expand my thoughts on the idea of bravery, manhood, and commitment.
Evan though the odyssey though me many lessons the most important one that it though me was loyalty, because with out loyalty Odysseus would not succeed in is journey and I would not succeed in reading that book.
summer trip to greece pt.5