All Quiet on the Western Front very strongly achieves its goal of showing how a generation was destroyed by the war through its intense use of showing how the men have gone from everyday boys in school to almost less-than-human soldiers. It shows that these men were patriotic, proud people and became somewhat petty scavengers; and it shows that these men were unable to go back to their homes ‘intact.’ I think one of the most crucial parts of showing lost innocence is when Bäumer discusses his when he joined the army to fight in the war. He mentions his schoolmaster named Kantorek as someone who very strongly pushed for his students to enlist, going so far as to give them long lectures, to the point where all of Paul Bäumer’s classmates signed up. (11) Paul goes on to admit that he felt betrayed by Kantorek and the older generation. Paul later hears from Mittelstaedt that has been
Foulcher is a poet, but also a teacher. His poem ‘Martin and the Hand Grenade’ was based upon a history lesson he taught. ‘The class pauses for history’ uses ‘history’ as a pun to show the setting was a history lesson and the class was waiting for their next instruction, and also because the class is pausing to experience war before they are born. Foulcher was inspired to write this poem not only by the lesson itself, but also by the naïve response that children have to war which contrasts with the response of adults. An adult’s understanding of the seriousness of war can be seen through the imagery used where Martin ‘edges out the firing pin’ of the grenade, ‘fingers the serrations’ with ‘his father’s bleak skill’.
Norma says this towards the end of the story, when Norma is essentially telling Leroy she wants to be alone. The 14 years alone she’d been alone had helped her deal with the death of her child Randy, and Leroy’s permanent return home has brought back those feelings of their lost child. We can also infer from this that, Norma may have purposely taken bodybuilding, and composition classes In order to avoid Leroy’s constant presence at home. In the story we can clearly see the
English 68 January 7, 2015 Summary of “Sonny’s Blues” James Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues” is driven by plot. The plot mountain and is a traditional story in that way. A plot summary demonstrates that “Sonny’s Blues” uses all the standard plot terms. The narrator of the story discovers a newspaper about his little brother named Sonny who has been arrested for selling and using heroin. The narrator himself is an algebra teacher and as he begins to teach his class he remembers Sonny as a child.
Title: Sunrise Over Fallujah Author: Walter Dean Myers Text Type: Novel In the novel “Sunrise over Fallujah” written by Walter Dean Myers it is a realistic fiction story about a young man named Robin “Birdy” Perry who is a new army recruit from Harlem. He is an average mid- twenties soldier who isn’t sure why he joined the army and he doesn’t have a good perspective that he’s going to Iraq or why. The plot takes place in Fallujah Iraq in many different areas from being in a humvee patrolling the streets to a domestic home trying to defuse a detonator in a flour jar. It starts out in a base camp mess hall south of Fallujah. There robin meets a soldier from Georgia called Jonsey, a guitar playing blues man who grew up in the ghetto thinking that joining the army would give him discipline and keep him out of trouble.
The Chocolate War is an excellent book. It’s mainly about the Vigils, who are a group of boys, giving other students assignments to do. They gave three assignments to a boy named Jerry to do. They told him refuse to sell the chocolates during the annual school chocolate sale, for 10 days. However, after the 10 days were over, Jerry kept on refusing to sell the chocolate.
In the book our class has recently read, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, there is an Indian boy who resides in the reservation of Wellpinit named Arnold “Junior” Spirit who leaves his familiar world in the Reservation to venture into the white town of Reardan for a better future full of “hope”. The book is centered around the theme of Junior fighting a mental culturally conflicted war waging between the white boy inside him and the Indian boy reflected on the outside of him, resembling an apple, as said in the book, "They call me an apple because they think I'm red on the outside and white on the inside" (Alexie,132). In this essay I will be examining the different areas of the ‘apple’, I will analyze how and why the two different sides of him compliment and conflict each other in this waging war. What sparks Junior’s sudden interest in hope is Mr. P, a teacher at Wellpinit. Junior has a sudden realization as he opens his textbook to find his mother’s name written on the book, the realization that for the past generation Wellpinit has been teaching him the same things they taught to the last generation because they were so poor.
Dulce et Decorum Est “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owen is a poem which starts off by describing an everyday incident and goes on to make a more serious point about human nature. In this poem Owen uses a range of literary techniques to describe a gas attack on a group of soldiers during World War 1 and then level that attack back at the patriots at home who encourage young men to fight. The poem starts off by describing the condition of the soldiers who are marching back to base after a long day fighting in the trenches. Suddenly a gas attack is underway and the soldiers need to react quickly to survive. Unfortunately one soldier doesn’t get his mask on in time and suffers a horrific death.
Research Paper English 201 August 7, 2008 The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the deaths described in the “Suicide Note” by Janice Mirikitani and “Out, Out”,by Robert Frost. Both poems have distinct differences and similarities. Both poems are similar in that they are written to describe the pain of death. The two poems are similar in that the author uses personification to give the reader a “feel” for what is going on, and how the series of events take place. Additionally, the two poems are similar in that in Suicide Note, the college student is trying to please her family by getting perfect grades; she is working hard at school, and feels that she is not good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough (Mirikitani, 1417); the college student is under pressure to live up to her parent’s expectations.
Which leaves the question, does a man’s character really determine his fate? Sedgwick Bell is one of the main characters in the movie, The Emperor’s Club. On his first day at St. Benedict’s Academy for Boys, Sedgwick walked into Mr. Hundert’s history class late, and with a disrespectful attitude. One can quickly infer that Mr. Bell is somewhat of an immature hooligan, or a “punk,” looking for trouble. When Sedgwick walks into the class, all of the boys in the class are wearing Roman togas.