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"The things worth writing about, and the things worth reading about, are the things that feel almost beyond description at the start and are, because of that, frightening."
Description hooks the reader. That has been proven true in the anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. Erich Maria Remarque especially adds interest when explaining the warfare and the preparations for it.
You really get a sense of how awful the conditions were for the fighting soldiers, and that is due to description. When the soldiers are in the midst of gunfire, they take a second to realize the sensations they feel.
The air becomes acrid with the smoke of the guns and the fog. The fumes of powder taste bitter on the tongue. The roar of the guns makes our lorry stagger, the reverberation rolls raging away to the rear, everything quakes. Our faces change imperceptibly.
Not only does description in All Quiet on the Western Front add interest to the reader, but it also paints a better picture in their head. The vividness of the thing Ms. Remarque is describing, is done with the amount of description put in.
In All Quiet on the Western Front, there is tons of raw emotions that make you empathize for the soldiers. It is a great novel for anyone who enjoys raw human feelings in times of danger.
"I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians. They bow to me and then light the cigarettes." All Quiet on the Western Front, Chapter 8
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. In chapter 8 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul is full of empathy towards the Russian soldiers. Empathy is something that you cannot control. It is a gift that makes people sympathize and help out others in need. In chapter 8 of All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, Paul experiences empathy in a great way. When Russian soldiers are prisoners of German camps, Paul feels bad for them, as any normal human would. During Paul's shift of watching the prisoners, he does something that would make other German soldiers angry.
I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians. They bow to me and then light the cigarettes. Now red points glow in every face. They comfort me; it looks as though there were little windows in dark village cottages saying that behind them are rooms full of peace. All Quiet on the Western Front, Chapter 8
This quote shows that just because you are fighting against someone, you can also be nice. Paul sees the poor state of the soldiers and wants to make their lives better. he feels empathetic. His empathy turns the mood of the Russian's around. Paul feels especially empathetic towards the soldiers because it might be him in their situation later on in the war. Treat others the way you would like to be treated is a common saying and Paul had that saying in mind when he handed the Russian's the cigarette.
"My father used to say that it is never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try."
I am on varsity lacrosse this year for Fenn and I've never felt anything like it before. I've never before been on a team so bonded and had so much chemistry as this year's team does. I am very excited for the upcoming tournament where we can display our chemistry and skill. I think we have a great chance of winning in my opinion. I have found a new liking for lacrosse since the beginning of this season and I hope it never ends. I started lacrosse in 5th grade and I am pretty good now which goes to show that it's never too late to try something new, especialy lacrosse.
In Boston on April 20th, Tens of thousands of runners, including some of the world's best, and hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to hit the streets on Monday for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.
Security will be high along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course, in recognition of the bombing of the 2013 race, which killed three people and injured 264 in the one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
The race goes on during a pause in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen who was convicted earlier this month of the bombing. His trial will move into a second phase beginning on Tuesday, with prosecutors arguing that he should be sentenced to death for his crimes.
Police urged spectators not to bring large bags or coolers, saying that such packages would be subject to search. They also banned the use of drones along the course.
As you can see, this marathon will be highly protected in sure that nothing tragic will happen. This marathon is a Boston tradition and must go on. This year and the last are proving that.
"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Though things may be hectic, it is your duty to keep yourself in a normal state of mind. In the anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, soldiers fighting in the trenches do their best to stay sane. Faced with war, soldiers are loosing their grip on reality. In chapter 6, the recruits are not dealing well with the terrors of war. In chapter 6, the bombardment continues and the trenches are under fire. The new recruits stuck in the trenches, are not well. They were not sufficiently prepared for the terrors of war and they start to lose it.
“He listens for a moment and his eyes become clear. Then again he has the glowering eyes of a mad dog, he is silent, he shoves me aside.
“One minute, lad,” I say. Kat notices. Just as the recruit shakes me off Kat jumps in and we hold him.
Then he begins to rave:
“Leave me alone, let me go out, I will go out!”
He won’t listen to anything and hits out, his mouth is wet and pours out words, half choked, meaningless words. It is a case of claustrophobia, he feels as though he is suffocating here and wants to get out at any price. If we let him go he would run about everywhere regardless of cover. He is not the first.”
When faced with tough times, it is important to be there for others, but more importantly, yourself. For the recruits, it was their duty to fight in the trenches protecting themselves, and others. They did not fulfill their duty. They were not mentally prepared for war, so their mind went adrift. Insanity is a major theme so far in the book and I think it will be a big factor until the end.
Today was a good week day for me. The day started off me with me arriving at school and receiving a 90 on my social Studies quiz. That is not normally a "great grade" for me but it was the best I could hope for on that challenging quiz. After social studies I had science. In Science, we prepared for an upcoming quiz. The rest of the school day was not very eventful. I had varsity lacrosse practice after school which I always enjoy. After school, I had another lacrosse related activity. I was asked by the coach of my Lexington Lacrosse town team to go and teach boy scouts how to play lacrosse. It was a really cool experience and I'm glad I did it. The rest of the night went like it always does: Homework, dinner, and tv. This was a good day for me.
"Sometimes a normal day is the best day." - Anonymous
Today was a rather uneventful day for me. I woke up at 7 and left for school at 7:40. In school, I had a social studies quiz second period. I did not feel too great after completing it but I guess time will tell how well I did. After all my classes I had lunch. It was pizza which I was ok with. After lunch and activity period I had a lacrosse game for the Fenn varsity team. It was versus Hillside. We ended up winning 8-7 in a close-fought matchup. When I got home I completed my homework, had dinner, watched tv, and went to bed. A normal day for me.
The NBA regular season ended this past Wednesday. Wednesday was the deciding day for many teams on whether or not they would make it into the playoffs. The 8 teams with the best record in each conference make it in. In the eastern conference, the 1 seed is the Atlanta Hawks, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, then the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and in the 8th seed, the Brooklyn Nets. The western conference playoff teams include, the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Pelicans (in order of seeding). These coming playoffs are sure to be heated with competition as it always is. I predict that the finals matchup will be between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers with the Warriors pulling out the win.