Matteo Eden IRJE #1 Freak the Mighty

I Read a book recently called “Freak the Mighty” written by Rodman Philbrick the protagonist is Maxwell (Max) a giant-sized boy who is not very smart. Max moves with his grandparents to a small town and meets a small smart blonde-haired disabled boy named Kevin or as the bullies call him “Freak”. Together these boys create an unbreakable bond as they work together and keep an eye out for each other.

“I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while, and that’s the truth, the whole truth.”-Maxwell

In this quote, Max is telling Gram that Kevin guiding him was helping his understanding of reading and writing and that he couldn’t do it without him. To me, this shows how the boys worked together and put their differences aside to bring out the best in each other Kevin being the brains and Max being the Muscle.



IRJE #1 – Kate Homer-Dixon

In Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, the protagonist, Offred, is walking home with another handmaid named Ofglen. Handmaids aren’t allowed to have normal conversations; instead, only exchanging polite greetings and simple needs. When Ofglen beings talking to Offred and asking questions that would be considered treason, Offred is taken aback before responding. After the conversation the two discuss how they thought the other was a “true believer”.

“I thought you were a true believer,” Ofglen says.

“I thought you were,” I say.

“You were always so stinking pious.”

“So were you,” I reply. I want to laugh, shout, hug her.

“You can join us,” she says.

“Us?” I say, There is an us then, there’s a we. I knew it.

“You didn’t think I was the only one,” she says.

I didn’t think that. It occurs to me that she may be a spy, a plant, set to trap me; such is the soil in which we grow. (p. 194)

This exchange shows how isolated Offred has become from others, as well as how desperate she is for meaningful social interaction. Throughout the book the author has only given us moments of normality, this made me empathize much more with the protagonist as these brief occasions give both the reader and Offred hope for something better. However, constant fear that Ofglen may be a spy has made it hard for Offred to fully trust her, allowing some of the social isolation to remain.

IRJE #1, I will always be with you…

The book that I chose to read is “One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle. This book and specially this quote really touched me because it talks about the real true love in life, the love from our mothers. Katy is a woman that had a really strong relationship with her mother and even after she died, that connection continued and it was stronger than ever before. Katy and her mother had always planned a trip to the most beautiful islands in Italy that her mother had already visited years before; they made this their special country. Then Carol (Katy’s mother) died and before she did, she wrote a special note to Katy for her to read while she was in Italy and Katy found it years after.

“My darling Katy, my baby girl-

Italy is so beautiful. It reminds me of you. How happy everyone is in the morning, how the stars come out at night. I know I am not there, and I hope someday to explain to you why. I hope so many things for you, baby girl. I hope you walk through the work knowing your value. I hope you find a passion, something you love, something that lights you up inside. I hope you find the peace and confidence it takes to trust where your path leads. Remember, it is only yours. Others can wave and cheer, but no one can give you directions, They have not been where you are going. I hope you’ll understand someday that just because you become a mother doesn’t mean you stop being a woman. And above all else, I hope you know that even if you can’t see me, I am always with you.


Your mama” (p. 242-243, Serle, R. One Italian summer. 2023)

I chose this quote because I think that the love from a mother is the real true love that exists in every persons life. The love from a mother cannot be trade for anything, it is unconditional; this quote expresses that even though Carol didn’t make the best choices for her daughter and even for her own life, she always had Katy in her mind. Carol left but the memories that they made together will remain in Katy’s memory and heart forever always and the most important thing, Carol will always be by her side even when she cannot see her.

IRJE #1: Leaving Norland Park

The book I’ve chosen to write this IRJE about is Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, which I have recently started to read. The story so far centers around the Dashwood family, Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret. Mr. Dashwood has recently died, and his son by another marriage inherited the estate, Norland Park, where they had lived. The son’s wife is unempathetic and persuades him not to give them any of his inheritance, and Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters go to live elsewhere.

Upon leaving, Marianne is very saddened:

“Dear, dear Norland!” said Marianne, as she wandered alone before the house, on the last evening of their being there; “when shall I cease to regret you? when learn to feel at home elsewhere? O happy house! could you know what I suffer in now viewing you from this spot, from whence perhaps I may view you no more! and you, ye well-known trees! but you will continue the same. No leaf will decay because we are removed, nor any branch become motionless although we can observe you no longer! No; you will remain the same; unconscious of the pleasure or the regret you occasion, and insensible of any change in those who walk under your shade! But who will remain to enjoy you?” (p.16)

I chose this quotation because I find it very beautifully written and it touches on how I felt when I moved homes, though my feelings were less acute as I had spent less of my time there. I also felt regret and sadness upon leaving, and especially as we rented it out for a time, that it may not be “enjoyed” enough or ever quite in the same way.

I like how Marianne reflects on how the trees which she has loved so will continue as they are though she is gone. It makes me think about how often we can be so absorbed in our own issues that it feels as if things are more affected by us than they really are. For Marianne, it may feel as if Norland Park has changed so much ever since her father died and her half-brother and his wife inherited it, but to the trees, nothing has changed except the normal passing of time.

“Did you kids eat all the Cheetos?” IRJE #1

I’m currently reading the book called The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.  The quote perspective from a girl (Belly). Her mom was at her friend’s house during the summer and she needed something. That was kind of important to her mother, her mother’s friend (Susanah), and her brother (Steven). Since this book has many perspectives it can get confusing sometimes.

‘”Did you kids eat all the Cheetos?” my mother asked, rummaging through a cabinet. “I’m starving.” “Yes,” Steven said. He couldn’t even look at her. “What about that bag of Fritos? Get those,” Susannah ordered, coming up behind my La-Z-Boy.’ (p.g. 56)

The quote “Did you kids eat all the Cheetos” the quote that I’m picking is a quote that made me crackle non-stop until the end of the chapter. It reminded me of one time I was at my friend’s house and she ate all my snacks which made me quite mad but it was all fine.

You’ve Reached Sam

“They say moving on becomes easier over time, but I can barely hold a photo without my hands trembling,” this quote is from the book You’ve Reached Sam and is from the perspective of Julie. I started reading this book weeks ago and this quote captured my eye.

Many people have experienced the struggle of trying to move on from something or someone important in their lives. The quote speaks to the universal human experience of holding onto cherished memories and struggling to let go when the time comes. I relate a lot to this quote because something similar happened to me.

Is Pain the Key to Happiness?

I chose to read the book Can’t Hurt Me, by David Goggins. This book is about toughening your mind, and facing everyday tasks that are difficult with a sense of perseverance, tenacity, and duty. In this chapter, David Goggins was going through ‘Hell Week’ in Navy SEALS training, which is a 130 hour week, where you get no sleep, and you must continuously perform the exercises and regimens that the instructors order you to do. This was Goggins’ third and final Hell Week, and if he did not meet the standards, he would never achieve his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. He had also broken both of his feet in the previous week, regardless, he still had to complete a 40 minute run at 3:30 A.M each morning, so he decided to tape up his feet in tube socks, and perform the run with determination. This was his mental dialogue as he was completing the run:

‘ “The only way to guarantee failure is to quit right now!” I was talking to myself now. Silently screaming over the din of anguish that was crushing my mind and soul… I imagined the feeling I would have if I could actually pull this off. If I could endure the pain required to complete this mission. That brought me another half mile before more pain rained down and swirled within me like a typhoon. “People have a hard time going through BUD/S healthy, and you’re going through it on broken legs! Who else would think of this?” I asked. “Who else would be able to run even one minute on a broken leg, let alone two? Only Goggins! You are twenty minutes in the business Goggins! You are a machine! Each step you run from now will only make you harder!” … at the forty minute mark something remarkable happened. The pain receded to low tide. The tape had loosened so it wasn’t cutting into my skin, and my muscles and bones were warm enough to take some pounding.’

This quote goes to show the importance of grit and determination, and that pain is only temporary, and if you face it with strength and perseverance, you can enjoy the fruits of it afterwards, and it will give you the mental toughness to perform harder tasks in the future. In this case, David Goggins’ goal was to become a Navy SEAL, and the only way to do that was to deal with pure agony and torture. In the end, David achieved his goal and went on to become a renowned triathlete, pull-up world record breaker, and ultramarathoner. We think of pain as this uncomfortable, worthless feeling, but it might just be the key to unlocking your potential and becoming the best that you can be.

IRJE # 1 – Crime and Punishment – Rambling On

Currently, I am reading the psychological crime novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and translated by David Mcduff. The quotation is from the perspective of the protagonist, Rodion Raskolnikov. During this quotation, Raskolnikov sneaks out of his apartment due to a fear of encountering his landlady as he has not paid his rent. Raskolnikov begins to wander through the city lost in his thoughts.

‘I plan to attempt a thing like this, yet I allow that kind of rubbish to scare me!’ he thought with a strange smile…It’s a curious reflection: what are those people most afraid of? Of doing something new, saying a new word on their own that hasn’t been said before- that’s what scares them the most. But I’m rambling. That’s why I never do anything – because I ramble on to myself like that. Or perhaps it’s the other way around; I ramble because I never do anything (p.6).

The significance of this quotation lies in the evident foreshadowing and the introduction to the character. Foreshadowing is apparent in the beginning sentence of this excerpt as it states that he is about to attempt a worse crime than evading his rent. The questioning and rambling of the protagonist aids the readers in understanding the exposition of the character. When the protagonist describes his habit of rambling on I felt I could gain a deeper connection to his emotions.

What constitutes “being alive”? IRJE #1

The protagonist Bob (version 2) has been revived as a sentient being using advanced futuristic programming. The book has brought forth unexpected thoughts of what makes something alive. I had not put as much thought into it until I read this book.

“I had three issues that bothered me. Was I conscious? Could I actually consider myself to be alive? And was I still Bob? Philosophers had been going on and on about this type of thing for centuries, but now, for me, it was personal. A human, regardless of their opinion on the subject, could depend on being a human. The minister’s offhand reference to me as ‘it’ and ‘replicant’ had stung at a level I was just now starting to appreciate.”
― Dennis E. Taylor, We are Legion (We are Bob)

Just after Bob had been revived as a replicant he was philosophizing on what made something alive, weather it was the ability to have thoughts or the desire to survive. I found this very interesting and made me wonder what criteria I use to determine weather or not something is alive.

𝒞𝒶𝓃 𝒪𝓃𝑒 𝐸𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝒯𝓇𝓊𝓁𝓎 𝐵𝑒 𝒮𝑒𝑒𝓃? – 𝐼𝑅𝒥𝐸#𝟣

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚐𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚝, 𝙽𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚢, 𝚞𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚙𝚒𝚟𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚕 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕 “𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙶𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚜𝚋𝚢” 𝚋𝚢 𝙵. 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚝𝚝 𝙵𝚒𝚝𝚣𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚕𝚍. 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚙𝚞𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚗𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝙼𝚛. 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚜𝚋𝚢. 𝙰𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚝, 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚗𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚘-𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚜𝚋𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚞𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚛𝚞𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚜𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚍𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚎 𝚐𝚕𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚜𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚖𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏.

“𝙷𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊 𝚚𝚞𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚒𝚝, 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎. 𝙸𝚝 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚍, 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚎 𝚎𝚡𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚓𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚞𝚛. 𝙸𝚝 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚛 𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚘𝚍, 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏.” (𝚙.𝟻𝟸, 𝙵𝚒𝚝𝚣𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚕𝚍, 𝟷𝟿𝟸𝟻)

𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚜𝚋𝚢’𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍𝚕𝚢 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚗. 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚜𝚋𝚢’𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚌𝚚𝚞𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚢 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚎𝚡𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚟𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚎. 𝙰𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛, 𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚒𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚙𝚞𝚝, 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎, 𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚎𝚗𝚐𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚎𝚡𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚒𝚋𝚎𝚜 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚜𝚋𝚢’𝚜 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊, 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚎 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚞𝚊𝚕𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝.


Currently i am reading a book called “When we Cease to Understand The World, by Benjamin Labatut. The book is a cross between fiction and non-fiction and focuses on the history of physics and math, and the relationships between the theorist/mathematics, their life, and their work. The current section i am on is about a matmentacian named Grothendieck, who is known for revolutionising geometry and many other fields of math. This excerpt if from page 72 and touches on Grothendieck’s work ethic:


“He was capable of sleeping at will, as many hours as he needed then dedicating the whole of his energy to his work. He could begin working on an idea in the morning and not move from his desk until dawn the next day, squinting under the light of the old kerosene lamp.”


I find it interesting how this implies that to be a genius, to have radical and new ideas, you have to have complete control over your body, (sleeping at will), and that you must dedicate every single waking second to your profession. It seems that to go to the next level of ideas, of revolutionary thoughts, you must have complete control over your body, and let your profession have complete control over you. It really makes me appreciate those who really sacrificed their lives to change ideas for the future generations.

Liath (Carrying the Boat) – IRJE #1

I am currently reading a book given to me by my good friend Samuel, titled Can’t Hurt Me by Mr. David Goggins. I can see why people find this book inspirational since it is full of impossible situations in which Mr. David Goggins was forced to endure through. A relatively early quote in the book which sets the tone for the rest of it is,

————— “You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you      —————   will die without ever realizing your true potential.”. p. 32

This quote is very true and made me think about the path of my life that I am on. The author knows that this is true because he has been pushed to and beyond his limits and that never would have happened if his life was soft and comfortable. One thing that is clear to me now is that I have to push my limits in order to find my true potential and lean away from my comfort zones. I am half way done with this book and I have enjoyed it so far, and while Im excited to finish reading it I am equally excited to put to practice the lessons he teaches.

IRJE #1. Stargirl

I am currently reading the Star Girl book written by the author: Jerry Spinelli. The book is a fictional novel based on the lives of some teenagers in high school. The novel revolves around a new girl named Star Girl, who arrives at high school as a student.

One morning we had a rare rainfall. It came during her gym class. The teacher told everyone to come in. On the way to the next class they looked out the windows. stargirl was still outside. In the rain. Dancing.

In the quote, I realized that the main character was very interesting and peculiar because she was different from the others and even though her classmates saw it as a little strange, she continued with her thing.

“IRJE #1” Daisy Jones the Six

I am currently reading the book Daisy Jones the Six, this is a Sci-Fi Novel based on a Tv Series. This book is about a band and its history of how they become famous. The quote I chose was this one.

“People always say I don’t graduate high school but I did. When I crossed across the stage to get my diploma, Simone was cheering for me. She was so proud of me. And I started to feel proud of myself, too”.

In this quotation we can see how Daisy has no faith in her because everyone thinks she is a fail and that she was only who she was because of her parents, but that’s not true, she wants to let people know what she has done. Her friend Simone showed her she was proud of her so she started feeling proud of her self.

Perssonal Response of They Shall Not Grow Old

Before I watched the film I don’t know much on WWI, I think that this war’s size will be smaller than WWII and much less cruel, bloody and terrified than WWII. But after I watch the movie I realized my mind was absolutely wrong, war never had a merciful face, it was always filled with tear, death and fear.

When I heard that they mention “they never regret their decision to join the war”, I was quite confused because I can’t realized that they were running beside the death and how did they not felt afraid to it? Then I understood the reason, the propoganda had encourage them so much and they survived in the war. They were the winners of the war.

But Europe had paid so much for this war, millions family broken, soldiers wounded and dead, whole Europe had been surrounded by the gas of death such like 600 years ago, but in that time was the nature using his death scythe but this time it was all because human themselves…

I was quite inspired after I watch this because now the Russia sill had war with Ukraine and millions people had been effected and lost their family, home and everything, that’s only what war gave us, no matter the time, size or weapon.

Hope the world peace, no more tear, no more smoke of gunpowder and no war…

IRJE #1 – Mort

I am currently reading Mort by Terry Pratchett. Death’s student and Death himself have a conversation in the quotation I chose when they first meet.

“But you are Death, you walk around the world and kill people.”

“Me? Killing?” Death was clearly offended. “Of course not. People die, but that’s their trouble. And after that, I get down to business. A world in which people would pass away but not die would look idiotic, wouldn’t it?” (pg.21)

I find this quote interesting since it sort of presents Death from a different perspective. While reading a book I am used to seeing Death being described as someone who waits for the right time and then kills but in this situation, he is doing a great job by transporting people’s souls somewhere else where they will be in peace.

IRJE – From Blood and Ash

I am currently reading a fictional fantasy series written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This excerpt was voiced in the first book From Blood and Ash. The two protagonists share this knowledge with one another while independently grieving their own losses and regrets.

“Death is like an old friend who pays a visit, sometimes when it’s least expected and other times when you’re waiting for her. It’s neither the first nor the last time she’ll pay a visit, but that doesn’t make any death less harsh or unforgiving.” (pg.49)

The quote, although extremely profound, was spoken between two characters who recently met. It took me by surprise how this topic was simply and almost unemotionally stated, however, it seemed to strengthen the bond between the characters and ignited a connection of understanding. The raw honesty and reality of the concept of death were revealed and compressed in a single direct and basic line, conjuring the plain horror of the inevitable to the reader. The fear of the unknown and uncontrollable future is defined in the quote, yet also simultaneously sympathizes with the reader through its understanding tone.

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My feelings for the characters and all the people involved in the film is mostly sympathetic, because of the suffering shown to us. They had to eat barely edible food if any, were always with a chance of getting hit or bombed and they hardly ever slept.

The setting was very different to the world we live in today, in their world they had to “be a man” at a very young age, for example; adolescents 16 years or older were signing up in the military and fighting the war, even though they were not forced to join the military until they were 19 years old, some even lied about their age to attend the war and fight for their country. The women had to stay at home and look after the children or if they did join the military they were usually assigned positions of little to no risk, like making the food, being an infirmary, take care of the cleaning, etc. Now women are doing the same jobs than men.

The imagery on the film was very interesting but very shocking to watch, as it depicted the horrors of the war and the casualties, it also showed how they lived their lives and what they did for fun in the war. I think the imagery was necessary to be able to be able to further explain what was happening and how it looked.

The narrator’s tone was neutral most of the time, but the guests always had some sort of nostalgic tone in their voice. I was able to pick that up by the expressions and words they used such as “There were bad times, but nobody regretted it” and “Some even enjoyed it”.

When the war ended it was a totally different welcome to what the soldiers imagined, when they came back nobody was interested in what happened and some were even unfazed by the events. Shop or factory owners did not want to employ veterans because of their traumas or lost limbs, some even excluded the war veterans because they thought they were freaks and insane.

Matteo Eden Personal Response They Shall Not Grow Old WW1 Literature

The film They Shall Not Grow Old didn’t seem to have a large impact on my feelings or thoughts. I didn’t feel any sadness or sympathy toward the soldiers and I don’t know why that is. The film was quite exclusive because it shows soldiers in and out of action. I feel that the movie was well made to inform you of what happened at the time and didn’t follow one regiment or group of soldiers,  it was quite spread out meaning that the film producers spent a lot of time getting multiple perspectives. I feel that because this film made me feel no emotion it is very hard for me to write about it. Meaning that this is the end of my personal response, thank you.

PR They Shall not Grow Old

I wasn’t sure how I was going to start this since the movie moved me in a bunch of different ways.

I was empathizing with the soldiers in a way but another part of me was terrified because I understand their position, they was it as something “fun” and something that wouldn’t last long. At last I was terrified because now we know that going to war is giving your life away, in a literal way.

One of the things that stood out to me the most was the age of the young teenagers that wanted to go fight. It was quite shocking to me but I guess the “war” concept has changed a lot since then.

Millions died in war, it left many veterans with ruined lives. They either got very traumatized or they just were not themselves anymore, which is totally understandable.

Something that did give me a little comfort was knowing that some soldiers were still human and in certain holidays like Christmas, they would count their dead and do friendly activities with each other.

The biggest effect of war in my opinion is how the soldiers completely changed as people. It´s hard for me to comprehend how human beings can bear all the blood, killing and knowing you could die at any second. Seeing your friends die, seeing so many people suffer, It´s complicated to think that the soldiers after that came back to society. How would you react?



IRJE #1 – Throne of Glass

The excerpt that I chose to write this IRJE about is from the book, Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas. This is not the current independent book I am reading, but rather a recent read that deeply impacted me. The following quote portrays the characters’ emotions in a deep and meaningful way. The protagonist is discussing the importance of music and the emotions she feels when she plays the piano.

“I like music,” she said slowly, “because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play. I’m not . . . for once, I’m not destroying, I’m creating.”
The way that Maas uses descriptive words within the sentence enhances the meaning and allows the reader to understand and empathize with the character. Furthermore, the sharp juxtaposition between the protagonist’s ferocity throughout the majority of the book to this scene, where we see a deeper, softer, layer of her characterization was very impactful to the story. As a piano player myself, I felt this quote deeply. Musique is a form of self-expression that I value, and seeing this reflected in a character made me feel recognized and also allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the protagonists’ thoughts.

PR- They shall not grow old

When asked about how I felt about the war, the first word that came to my mind was confused. After watching the video, my mind was racing with a series of questions however one question overthrew the rest. The question being: ‘Why?’.

From the very beginning of the video, I was a bit concerned. It was mentioned that the required age for a man to go into war was 19-35, yet boys younger than 19 were supposedly excited to go. They even went as far as lying about their age just to become a soldier. That left me questioning why those young boys wanted to go into war. What was so amusing about the war? What made them want to go into a war ground not knowing if they’ll live to see their families again? Questions like these were circulating my mind.

Another thing that struck me in the video was the amount of excitement these soldiers seemed to have before they went into war. Most of them didn’t even regret going. At this point, I tried to envision myself as a soldier and put myself in their shoes. If I was about to go into war, I’ll be freaking out. In fact, nothing would even make me think twice about going.

The soldiers’ capacity and mental strength to witness death and various disturbing casualties every single day while they were at war was another thing that amazed me. Those soldiers were probably traumatized every day but they still had the will power to keep fighting for their country. Their bravery is something that should be applauded.

Overall, my opinion on WW1 varies. Yes, I am a bit confused by it but I am gradually understanding why it was important. Due to the war, many empires were destroyed which led to the creation of numerous new nation states as well as encouraging independence and much more. Over time, I hope to be more educated on the war and I hope to understand it in a wider point of view.


They Shall Not Grow Old Personal Response

This film truly shocked me. It’s the first time that i have really been able to get a grasp on the true horrors of a historical event like this, and it has opened my mind to many new ideas. The way that the film chose to keep every photo and recounting of the war uncensored with nothing cut out was such a new way to experience the story of the war, with no glorification to the actual events was very unique and mature. This new experience gave me countless new thoughts and opinions, but i will focus on one of the simpler and what i think to be the most intreasting. The fundamental root of this thought is how these men could survive these hardships, but to do it and call it an “adventure” and something they would gladly do it again. How could millions of men, nevertheless 15-19yr old boys, be so resilient and tough when faced with the harshest and most tragic condiotions human historty has ever seen? This puzzles me as it seems that these men were all like the heroes of old, scared of nothing and risking their lives for the greater good , such as Achilles or Heracules. But they were all just boys urged to leave from every corner of their home countires and die on the front. I wondor if this is a positive message, that even the most common man can be capeable of incredabile feats when given the chance, or that its a tragedy that the next greatest and most formidiable men we have ever had were wasted and discarded on a pointelss war.

They Shall Not Grow Old

   I can’t imagine how they risked their lives in that horrible place for years. I can’t believe those teenagers who lie about their age wouldn’t have a future if they lost their lives during the war. I’m stunned that even non-experienced soldiers/teens have to go to war no matter what happens. I know that many people are glad that they don’t need to experience that horror sight. 

   Even though we are still in the same world and there a new differences some are still the same. Like lying and judging people. But still, they could make some new changes. There are different and many different things that stand out to me. The most outstanding thing was the military and the soldiers. 

   How many military soldiers have to train and work hard day and night which is non-stop work! That they only have ONE uniform for a year-long, inedible food and artillery stuff. I’m so thrilled that nowadays we don’t need to worry about the shell-explosion, poison gases, and infection. 

   The tones of the voices of the soldiers sound really depressed, enthusiastic, surprised and scared. Which was actually eerie and flabbergasted because if I got put/forced to fight for my country. I would be frightened to even see my opponent/enemies and the dead bodies that were on the No Man’s Land. 

   I couldn’t imagine if I got put in the soldier position my knees would feel really weak and trembling. How the pain I would feel and how much I would miss my family members back home. I bet all the years would go by slowly and really tired. And I’m glad no one needs to go through that anymore.

They Shall Not Grow Old

Personal Writing 

After being actually able to see how war really was, I was speechless and I was even more shocked when I heard the tone that the soldiers were using while telling their story. They were talking with such calmness and some of them were even telling jokes about it, somehow they managed to make it sound so normal and for me that is terrifying. The way the government persuaded men and also teens to join war is so heartless. They tricked them into believing that by joining war they were showing how manly they were and the thought of them getting excited, of having an illusion and even the dream to serve their country after being told lies is so inhuman. 

War changed these humans, it doesn’t matter if they were one of the men holding the weapons or a woman taking care of those who war left injured, it just changed the way they saw the world, the meaning of life and even humans. While watching this documentary I noticed that war is not how I imagined it to be, I quite never understood how it happened and after this documentary I realized that the idea and perception that I had were so far from reality. My struggle to visualize the war helped me understand and in a way empathize with those who were also not able to understand it when the soldiers came back.

My Personal Writing to they shall not grow old

The thinks that I thought was surprising, Interesting and my ancestors who fought on both world wars. Surprised, because I always imagen that the trenches were more terrifying, but when I saw the trenches in color and the thought of the soldier, gave me the sense that it was livelier than I imagen. It was also very Interesting, how they thought of these “Horrific” thinks that they lived in, like ” being in the first line of trenches was fun.”. Last point is my ancestors. They came to my mind because there were also affected by the war like this British soldier. In conclusion, the movie was very good at brining me to think about those men who fought on wars.

WWI Literature Jose Totado

How curious is the attitude of the human being when it comes to war, right?

My feelings and thoughts about the movie “They Shall not Grow Old” are very reflectives and a little bit shocking because, for me, it´s curios how at the beginning when the British entered the war against Germany, all british citizens were excited to go into the war and defend their nation, it is curious and interesting how sometimes pride or in this case patriotism can blind human beings from what they are really going to face. Like I said, at the beginning the british citizens were excited, also because they thought it wouldn´t last long and that in a certain part it would be fun.

As the war progresses and the British soldiers see and live the harsh reality and cruelty of a war, their intial attitudes are destroyed and little by little they create cold and unfeeling attitudes. Althought as time went by, many soldiers became accustomed to the fact that at any moment they could die, either from a wound generated in combat or from a surprise attack by the enemy.

At the end when the war finished and the Allies won the British army captured a lot of germans and I kind of empathize with the Tommies of how they treated them and how they tried to communicate with them to have a normal talk.

My conclusion from the movie ‘They Shall not Grow Old’ is that it is shocking how, both in those times and currently, pride or patriotism can affect and decieve the attitude of human beings, leading them to do things that they may regret for their entire life.

English IRJE#2 – Naloxone

This is the first page of the book, Roxy, by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman that I have been reading as my Personal Reading book. In this excerpt of the book, the opioid overdose reversing medication, Naloxone, introduces itself.

“I am no superhero. But I can save you from the one who claims to be.”

“I am no wizard. But I cast a spell that can bring back the dead”


“And never often enough”

“I am, if nothing else, your final defense – your last hope when hope itself has spiraled into that singularity that crushes not just you, but everyone around you.” (p.1)

This book has a very powerful metaphor entwined in each chapter. This excerpt made me imagine Naloxone as a strong, fearless, and brave person, and drugs in general as dark and deathly things who do not take responsibility for their actions. Naloxone is not mentioned at all for the rest of the book other than one section where characters express despise from the anti-overdose medication. This does not surprise me because the book is narration of dangerous drugs, anthropomorphized, with hate towards the character Naloxone.

They shall grow old (My personal response)- Amelie


They shall grow old. The name of the movie They shall not grow old, felt like a lie to me as I wrote my first drafts. As I wrote in my draft: “to say I was shocked at the atrocity of these soldiers would be a lie” felt uneasy to me. Although I am not at all shocked it still felt wrong to write it. These soldiers- these boys were 16 to 19 years old, the thing that felt wrong, was that I overlooked the fact that they were just my age. Leaving the soft beds of their home on the thread of a promise of military glory. They shall grow old because there were 16 year-old’s tip-toeing among the adults, charging into the raging fire of war: unaware of the danger’s ahead.

In the beginning of the Documentary the host asked a few of these ex-military men If they regretted this war. The part that stuck with me more than anything in the documentary was their response. Many of them took a breath in, and casually told the host that they did not regret the war. Some even casually mentioning that it was for the will of the country. I feel conflicted. There were these men on the documentary- some of them 16 or 17 years old at the time of the war -that ran past bullets beyond bullets, watched their comraded die to a graveyard of mud and slept with an undying nerve at the back of their heads telling them that today was their day. These same men talking about the war as if to be distant memory of an old job. Although at the very same time: there was a little person in the back of my head understands such casualty. How could they think of such an event in their lives as a horrific event if their whole lives they’d been told that the war was just another job. Their drill sergeant told the that it was their job to toughen up. The years on the battle field taught them a sense of normalcy. Even as they came back home, the people around them didn’t want to talk about the war and acted as if they came back from a big vacation. It was once described to me that a human mind is like clay in the sense that it hardens over time: however before it hardens it’s as moldable as play-dough. How could these ex-soldiers known that the war they’d lived through was a million times worse that the version in their mind if people had been molding their brains to think little of it.

As I write out these paragraphs there was a feeling of something that has been alluding me for the longest time as I’m sitting in my desk. The feeling of nervousness? or uneasiness? As I write sentence on sentence on these young soldiers this feeling continues to pester me. I suppose for reasons beyond me I can relate to these soldiers. Which from an exterior point of view could sound very presumptuous teetering on ignorance. Although for reasons I don’t have words for: the tone of the soldiers’ voice, the fact that these boys of 17 and 19 years old getting looked up and down as if shiny new weapons and told to grow up: swallow their tears and follow orders. Feels all to familiar. I remember teachers, peers, instructors, family tell me to grow up my entire life. Telling me to swallow my tears, do another hour, take pride or that they know I can do better. The feeling of being told to be an adult even though I’m not. As I sit in my desk I can’t help but feel a sense of sympathy mixed with a sense of familiarness. I suppose everyone does in the bigger picture. Everyone gets told to grow up: to to swallow their tears, do another hour or take pride.

As I reflect on this documentary the impact of the movie begins to sink in; the sense of uneasiness, the familiarness and the confliction. The feeling that life in this unforgivable world everyone is just running past bullets beyond bullets, watching their comrades die to a graveyard of mud and sleeping with an undying nerve at the back of their heads telling them that today is their day. Even if these bullets and mud looks different in everyone’s life. They shall not grow old made me look at this war an it’s soldiers in a different light- a brighter one. One in which it made me reflect on how these soldiers were told to grow up. Just as many of us were to to grow up. They shall grow old because they did. I did… We did.

My Personal Response: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

The “They Shall Not Grow Old” documentary left a huge mark on me beginning with the fact that the director Peter Jackson did an incredible work transforming a black and white story into a completely vivid experience in which the soldiers themselves become the central figures of the story. It surprised me that nowadays we can see this movie in vivid colors and images but back in those days it wasn’t like this, it was just black and white and the images were not as clear as they are today and this is an incredible advance in the filmaking process.

Watching this documentary make me experiment a lot of different emotions  because it really felt like if I was there watching all the horrible and difficult things that the soldiers went through during the war. It was really touching realizing that despite the horrors they passed, the soldiers created really good bonds and friendships between them. As I watched the film, I reflected on the difficulties of life and that not everything is what it seems. Speaking on my personal experience, I knew that war was difficult and that there were a lot of deaths, massacres and horrible and traumatic things but after watching these documentary it really opened my eyes and now I can relate in a more personal way with all those soldiers and be empathic with the situation.

The documentary’s plot is journey through the soldiers life starting with their recruitment and training for them to be prepared for whatever happens, then they have to go and fight on the trenches and after that it ends with the difficult situation that is for them to try to reintegrate into society, go back to their normal life and civilization. I think that the part of coming back home and be with their families again and try to pretend that nothing happened is the worst part because nobody could completely understand what those soldiers went through and all the traumas they have. It might be difficult not just for them but also for their loved ones.

In conclusion, “They Shall Not Grow Old” is a remarkable and truly interesting documentary that bring the World War One soldiers stories and experiences to real life. It is a reminder for all of us of the sacrifices made by all the men that participated in war and that gived their own lives for  their country and I think that the soldiers shall never grow old our memories.

My Personal response to the movie “They shall grow old”.

I want to start off by saying that this move was very intense. I cannot imagine what soldiers and people who lived during the war experienced. When I started hearing the gunshots I flinched and even got scared only by hearing the sound of it coming through a speaker, I can’t imagine what the soldiers in the war felt when gunshots were fired and when they saw their peers collapse to the ground. The movie seemed realistic but at the same time I couldn’t believe what soldiers went through, I started thinking that it was nothing like my life, I couldn’t imagine going through all those horrible experiences and traumas, I think if there were a world war now I would be completely useless. Partly because I’m just a teen and partly because I’m not prepared for that kind of challenge and the repercussions it leaves. It’s frightening to think that maybe someone related to me went to the war and maybe even died serving their country. The pictures shown in the video were very intense and horrifying, in some of them I had to look the other way or close my eyes to not look at them because of how graphic the images were.  It’s crazy to think that soldiers lived years in that situation, I can’t imagine how traumatized and tired they were during and after the war. I was shocked that after the war people were not hiring soldiers after all they did and sacrificed to serve their countries. The play was horrifying and very intense and shocking but at the same time it was very insightful and it reminded me that people were willing to sacrifice their lives to help others and serve their countries. I still can’t believe how soldiers survived all those years fighting, preparing, training, and hiding with only black beans and rice, how doctors survived all those days helping injured soldiers getting barely any sleep and sacrificing their health for the health of others. I think this movie helped me realize that people underestimate the abilities of human beings and what we are capable of and some of us don’t give enough importance to soldiers who fought for our safety and continue fighting for their countries.

Personal writing: Some things about myself

My name is Daniela García, I have 2 sisters and I’m the oldest one, I have 2 dogs, I love to hang out with my friends back in my city, my favorite food is sushi, I love animals and my favorite animals are dogs, horses, and dolphins, l like to spend quality time with my family and friends and be productive, and I like to draw. I love going out to dinner with my friends or just hanging out and watching a movie or a TV show. I also love listening to music, especially when I am in the car or driving.

I especially love to read, it’s something I have loved to do since I was in second grade and I’ve never stopped doing it. I love recommending books to other people and seeing them read them. I started reading novels in English six months ago because I was encouraged to better my English, especially because I knew I was coming to Canada for a year to study, I ended up loving it and I read more in English than in Spanish now. I think I’m also very good at working in teams because it encourages me to do my best, help out my team, and participate. I’m also good at horseback riding, and I love it, I did it for 2 years but I had to quit because I got surgery and never got a chance to go back, I love riding horses for fun or as an entertaining hobby.

As an international student from Mexico my goals for this school year are to have a better English accent, raise my academic average, be motivated to do different things, have new friends, grow as a student and as a leader, learn more about different cultures, and do different things out of my comfort zone with passion and excitement.

Personal Response – Could I end the life of another individual?

I wouldn’t consider myself an openly empathetic or emotional person. Through the intensely gruesome imagery, I assume the film had a pacifistic intent. The concept of educating the youth on the past to prevent repetition is not at all new or a topic of personal interest. The film followed the motions of any war documentary beginning with the men’s excitement, the culture shock of the battlefield to the ends of themselves or their comrades’ lives. I did not find this film any different nor more effective than the last. I digress, through mulling over the film I contemplated multiple topics that I could discuss such as respect for service members, manipulative war propaganda, and the importance of community in adversity but nevertheless, all seemed too basic and overdone. Sifting through ideas and notes brought me to the topic of empathy and even further sympathy. The question arose of if I could end the life of another individual.

I have never faced death or vaguely the idea of death. Nobody I have had a strong connection to has passed away. I do not know what it is like to suffer the loss of someone. This concept alone makes it easier to say yes, in principle. In principle, it’s trivial, as trivial as it would be to pull the trigger, no? Pulling the trigger, and making the decision to end someone’s life means looking into the petrified eyes of another human being and making the decision to steal their life and all its possibilities. Killing someone is to have the understanding that your face is the last face that they will see before their entire world goes quiet. There is forever going to be a debate about the necessity of WW1, but it is unanimously agreed necessary or not death during WW1 was inevitable. The phrase just another number of the death toll was used in the film hearing this quote said so plainly and so frankly took me by surprise. I assume it was hard for the soldiers to compartmentalize that much death so much, so it became inconsequential. Each and every number on that death toll is a man or woman, each with their own hopes, dreams and aspirations for after the war. Aspirations that will never be fulfilled due to the trivial action of pulling a trigger, thrusting forward a bayonet, unclipping a grenade or signal to deploy gas.

In the future career that I aspire to attain as disgusting as it may sound the death of another individual at my hand will be inevitable some could even say necessary. In the conversations I have with other people or myself about ending the life of another individual it is easy to say that I would. I say this because yes is just a word, saying yes is just as easy as pulling a trigger, right? I would like to imagine myself as the type of person to hold the emotional diligence and indifference to any human life besides my own and the people I hold close to me. This is simply far from the truth. Often times if I ever imagine myself ending the life of a human being I attempt to justify the act by calling it self-defence, revenge, revenge is a sick topic in itself. To kill someone, absent of any feeling of remorse or guilt for me personally incomprehensible. I don’t know whether I agree or disagree with the training to void of this aversion to ending one’s life.

This begs the reconsideration of the question “Would I be able to end the life of another individual?”. The short answer is yes, yes I could end the life of another individual. Having said that the guilt would be enough to mourn a thousand deaths. The guilt would eat me alive; the guilt would fully consume me. The blatant murder of another human being would violate everything I stand for, it would completely obliterate my personal moral code. The guilt I would feel is not the guilt you feel after you say something mean or the guilt of failing a test. The guilt I would feel is classified as neurotic guilt. There would be no escaping it, the deed is done. The life has been ended.

They Shall Not Grow Old

At the start of the film, “They Shall Not Grow Old” there was mention of people ages 19 to 35 being allowed to join the army. Some soldiers expressed they were happy to join and fulfill the job. Even boys as young as 15 would try to sneak in by lying about their age as they were proud to go fight for their country. Being 15 myself, this was shocking to me. Watching the beginning, I felt surprised at how most soldiers seemed eager to join and help fight. Once we got deeper into the film, soldiers were expressing their feelings after being in the war and fighting. Hearing all the brutal words, I was devastated for all these innocent people giving up their lives for their country. Although some soldiers mentioned how they were “used” to the war and used to fighting, I felt horrible about all the suffering the soldiers had to go through and how many died trying. One soldier mentioned how the shooting was typically 10 minutes. I couldn’t imagine the thoughts and feelings going through their minds. As one of the soldiers was talking, it reminded me of a prison as he said they ate the same thing every day and had the same routine. I couldn’t imagine the pain of the families whose kids didn’t make it out. When the war was over, the ones to make it out alive had suffered so much and now have an unbearable amount of trauma and I couldn’t imagine all the pain and brutal memories. I have so much respect for and admire all the soldiers who gave up their lives for a future, our future. 

They Shall Not Grow Old and how the film shows my character

The film They Shall not Grow Old was set in a world so unlike my own that the story seemed fictitious when it was based on reality. The devastation wrought upon the people of this time by the war made me feel so very grateful for all of the choices and events allowing for my comfort and privilege. The circumstances that I would be in if I was raised in war times compared to the safety and opportunity that I am given by being raised in this time, socio economic status and part of the world are drastic and uncomfortable to think about. Imagining going to school, caring for my family, or working in a factory while my male peers, family and loved ones might be dying or dead is a thought I am grateful is unlikely to come to pass in my lifetime. It is difficult for me to understand how the men and boys signing up for war in this time would sign up at all and I’m simply dumbfounded that they would choose to return after being allowed home because of injury. Knowing the risks and the very real possibility that those soldiers might never see their families again shows me that I for one, am quite sure that my bravery is not comparable to theirs whatsoever.

A Cup of Coffee: Not so Trivial Anymore

While I was watching the film, They Shall Not Grow Old, I continuously tried to picture myself as a Canadian soldier in World War One, the difference between life as a man one hundred years ago compared to now, and different worldviews and perspectives. 

I was constantly thinking about life as a Canadian soldier, because some of the soldiers who fought in the war were the same age as me when they entered war, so I can somewhat relate to them in a sense, being a teenager who enjoys playing sports and who goes to school, and then suddenly having to decide, or in some cases be forced, into joining the war. I would have to sail all the way to Europe, and there would be some feelings of fear because I would be forced to leave my sheltered life and homeland. At the same time, there would also be an overwhelming sese of patriotism and pride in carrying out my duty to defend it. In addition to that, all my friends would participate in the war, family would also try to convince me to join, and there would be a great deal of propaganda coaxing young men to participate, which would make it irresistible for a boy of my age to join the war. Plus, if I did not join, I might be made fun of and thought of as a coward during those times, because people believed that it was a man’s duty to fight. 

Today, though, it would be a vastly different scenario. Looking at the film from a modern-day perspective, many would think of war as a crude way of increasing territory and gaining resources. Today, people frown upon the thought of war in order to retain peace. Governments should set up conferences and peacefully discuss their ideas rather than killing millions of people. War is a very inefficient way to get what you want, and it would be much more effective to simply communicate with other countries and open bilateral discussions to understand conflicting views. It is only through peaceful discussion that countries can achieve a better understanding of situations and find common ground. 

While I was watching the battle scenes, I was picturing what it would be like if my battle partners were getting shot and dying on the battlefield. The people who I bonded with and shared memories with disappearing in the blink of an eye. The adrenaline rush of trying to escape and frantically running for your life, and if you unfortunately got shot, the pain would be excruciating. I thought of it like a scary video game where you were always in fear and one where you could not pause or reload the game, so if you made a singular mistake, it would be “game over.” This made me think about how the soldiers would constantly be in a life-or-death situation for those four years from 1914 to 1918, but if we compared that to the lives of young men nowadays, there is such stark difference, because I can eat comfortably, go to school, have fun with my friends, and play sports, whereas if I was alive over a hundred years ago, I could be one step away from death at all times, barely eat enough to survive, and my friends would be getting killed left, right and centre. 

To conclude, while I was watching They Shall Not Grow Old, I was constantly reminded of the difference between life as a Canadian man one hundred years ago compared to now. It brings to light the little luxuries in life that we take for granted today, and how in the past it would be so difficult to simply enjoy a warm cup of coffee in the morning. My ignorance about the hardships of a 15-year-old a century ago brings into focus how important peace is. As the Buddha once said, “There is no greater wealth in the world than peace of mind.” This film made me realise how important it is to revisit history and see things from a soldier’s perspective. It is only then that you can see the devastation of war. And make every effort to prevent it in the future. After watching this film, I was given a newfound appreciation for what we consider trivial in life. 

PR: They Shall Not Grow Old

I found several parts of They Shall Not Grow Old very striking due to the realistic elements of the time period and the people portrayed. For example, in one clip the German and British soldiers are swapping hats and joking, and in another part, a veteran says, “Snipers would fire and not hit anybody, you know?” I found these examples very moving because they highlighted the fact that the soldiers were all people just like us, but in a different time period. You can sense what life was like during that time through what they say and how they act, and I find that very humanizing. While we’ve grown up being taught about people from other nations, they may not have and have spent the last few years hating the opposite side and hearing stories of their brutality and monstrosity. But nevertheless, certainly some of them managed to be empathetic and compassionate and treat the soldiers that they had been fighting so long against as people.

I feel that “out of sight, out of mind” is a concept that greatly affects me. Sure, I can know the facts about historical events and people, and may even know their life stories, but it doesn’t seem real until I see something like this movie that shows the people involved being “real people” – not just unknown faces and mystery soldiers of the past. Looking at old pictures and hearing about “the soldiers of WWI” doesn’t make the events from over a hundred years ago feel real, but seeing the soldiers, in color, joking about with another, having a cup of tea made from water their gun heated, and hearing veterans talk about how “no one cared who won at that point,” really brought it home to me, so to speak.

They shall not grow old

The movie “They Shall Not Grow Old” was such an intense experience. In this documentary about World War I produced by Peter Jackson. At first, I thought it was gonna be all boring and old. But the way the producer made the black and white scenes turned into color scenes was amazing. It was totally not what I expected.

This movies felt like if i was like going back in time and seeing what those soldiers went through. I couldn’t believe it. It made me realize that these soldiers who fought in the war were just regular people like us, not some distant characters from the past. For example that people between 19 and 35 were able to go to the war, but some kids lied about their age so that they could go to war. Even some parents wanted their kids back home but the kids that were at war didn’t went back because they wanted to be there.

And those voices, the ones from the actual soldiers, were so real. It’s like they were telling their stories right there with us in the theater. Hearing them talk about how they felt when they signed up, the fear they felt in the trenches, and the match they had with their friends, it was all so emotional. Some of the phrases that the soldiers say were “I don’t regret going to war”, “Even though it was a sad experience watching how they killed my friends i would repeat it and go again to the war” and “The men’s best friend at was is the rifle”. This phrases shocked me so much and I was so sad listening to this.

Another thing that stood out to me was the way the soldiers became so close and created a really strong brotherhood. They formed these strong bonds with their fellow soldiers, and it made me think about my own friendships and how important they are. It’s crazy how in the middle of all that chaos and danger, these guys found support and friendship in each other.

And the way the film handled the darker aspects of war, like the injuries and death, was really eye-opening. It made me realize the true cost of war, how it affects not just the soldiers but their families and communities too. It’s not just a bunch of numbers; it’s real people. The way they said that that about 1 Million British people were killed was so heartbreaking.

What I really liked was that the movie didn’t softened anything. It showed the harshness of war, the mud, the rats, the injuries. It was tough to watch, but it felt real. It made me appreciate what they went through and made me think about the sacrifices they made for our generation. It also made me realize how easy our lives are compared to what they went through.

The sad part was not only the war, also when the war ended the soldiers weren’t able to find a job, it was very difficult for them to get a good job. This happened because they wanted to make a reflection of the economic and social challenges that many veterans faced during the post war period. This movie shows the struggles of these veterans and provides a glimpse into the challenges they faced in reintegrating into society after the war. It serves as a sad reminder of the human costs of war and the lasting impact it can have on the lives of those who served.

This movie isn’t just a history lesson. It makes you realize that war isn’t some cool adventure; it’s a brutal and heartbreaking thing. It’s a movie that every teenager should watch because it helps us connect with the past and understand the price of freedom.

They shall not grow old

The film I watched was more like a documentary. It was about the First World War. In my point of view there wasn’t a structured sequence or specific storyline to follow.  The film focused on the the British Army and their life style, all their toughs and difficulties thru that point of their life. I had a lot of mixed feelings watching it, I felt disgusted and moved about how could people do that to other people, In what world we live in that could be possible, aren’t we supposed to be a civilized species?

It made me think about our present time problems, how the wars still continue and how much possibility we have that a WW3 could happen again, all the small wars that are happening right now and how most of them are not talked about enough, how innocent lives can change from one day and other.

In my opinion wars should not happen all they do is damage, destroy landscapes and innocent lives.

My Personal Reflection

The Shall Not Grow

My feelings when we saw the video were like a rollercoaster because in many parts the scenes were very hard and so many feelings, were like I want to cry but also I cant because I was in the middle of the classroom so were encounter feelings, but also in many parts I had feelings of proud, about the sacrifices that the soldiers have been doing, because since the moment that the soldier go out to his home is so hart to left the family and don’t have the answer that if you going come back. I like the documental because in all the scenes was how if I was living in this era, this help a lot of to comprise the realistic situation that the soldiers lived in the past. This times were very different as now in the actually, for example the roles in the society of women and men were having many changes in the past of the years, so now we have wars but not how were before, one of the most important changes is the innovation in arms technologies, we have a lot of types of arms than in the past. I was very shocking with the places in the soldiers have been and the circumstances that they had, so in the actually we won’t be able to sleep in the ground for many days especially the young, but in the past they it for the proud of their country. And also the food that they were eating was a little portion and only like bread and a cup of water. I like a lot of the language that the military used in all the movie, because it feel very informal how if I was talking with any friend and this helps for feel us more comfortables and be more conscientious with the hard situation that they have been living. The images that shocked me were when the young soldiers die, how they buried them was very shocked to me because this is a big sadness for the family that is waiting with hopefully to them relatives, these are the hardest moments for the families and also we can realize that the harder sacrifice is for the soldiers but also for the families that are waiting. The only part that I felt confused was when the scenes changing so fast and I lost in the story and in the moments. I think that the sergeant used a very realistic language and for the occasions that he been speaking, because for each parts he used the appropriates languages and tones. The situation that had been lived in the past is very different that in the actually, only the interests were changing a lot of, and also the way to see the world of the society. The characters and my actually consider that we share the obstinate that I am with my all goals and challenges, that what I propose I won’t stop until I accomplish it. Well for the end of my written, I consider me a very obstinate person but in a different way of the soldier and this is the reason for why I am so proud of them, because our environments are so different, in the actually we live more comfortables and still  we complain, and the circumstances in them were living many times were so hard. That I thinks after I see this movie is that we have to be more conscientious and grateful of that we have and the circumstances where we living and the lucky ones that we are.

PR#1 They Shall Not Grow Old, Vittoria Barocio

Can something in the past change the present into a different way of living? WW1 had a big impact on the modernized world, it changed it in many ways, and the soldiers who were part of that war changed the world for the better.

Soldiers do not regret going to war, that was one of the quotes the documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” Started with. This quote symbolizes a lot to me and represents a lot of things in WW1 because it shows how men of all ages, gave their life for the war. Without this man fighting, the world wouldn’t be the same as it is now. We are who are because of these soldiers. At the beginning of the documentary I was completely uninterested, but once I started observing the hard work all the soldiers apported to the war, I understood that they did all of that for the future of the world. The world is so much different, from how it was back then, maybe if those soldiers hadn’t joined the war, and done everything to stop it, the world would still be fighting. I have so much respect for all those people who made the war go to an end, and not only soldiers but also the people who sported in many different other ways; Like women, women filled men’s jobs while they weren’t available, or also the medics, people who took care of all those extreme injuries created in the ear. Overall I’m so thankful for the people who risked everything they had for the benefit of others, without World War One people’s actions we wouldn’t be who we are now.


PR #1 – Mixed Thoughts and Feelings – Julia Street

While watching the documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” directed by Peter Jackson my feelings and thoughts were mixed. They were emotions a majority would feel when mentioning war, sadness, anger, and horror. During the classes we spent watching the documentary I felt all these emotions, however, another emotion struck me, that of pity. Pity like an outsider, pity of those who could not relate.

 Throughout the documentary, I felt like the civilians after the war had ended, pitying but not fully understanding the experiences of the survivors, “However nice and sympathetic they were, attempts of well-meaning people to sympathize reflected the fact that they didn’t really understand at all”. In modern-day times it would be like reading about the war online or watching it on the news. You feel pity towards the people and the situation they are in but nonetheless, you go on with your day. Although the civilians had felt the pain of having their family and friends sent out to war, they could not truly fathom the horrifying feeling of surviving in the trenches, charging across no man’s land, the impending doom of getting shot or blown up. This frightened me, the horrors a soldier had to experience would go unnoticed by family and friends.

Perhaps, it is because I can not relate to the world of 1914-18 especially since the zeitgeist was different more than 100 years ago. The normalization of war is a very foreign idea to me. At the start of the war, the excitement moving through the young men in Europe shocked me. I was horrified at the thought that some of these young men lied about their age just to join, many not being more than two years older than me. I was in disbelief at how casually these people thought of war. After thinking about it, it makes sense, all they had ever thought about war was that it was a glorious thing that brought your nation power and wealth. They believed as a quote from the documentary, “The empire was strong, we weren’t afraid of anyone. Everybody bought little buttons and white flags and sang songs, there was no feeling of despair about it at all”. What civilians in 1914 to 1918 were made aware of through newspaper articles and photos was very different from the horrifying images, videos, and writings of the Great War we all have access to today. I could easily search for any information I wanted, even the original black and white film in this documentary is now colourized. The closest they could get to any graphics or descriptions of war life was from the newspaper’s blurry black-and-white photos and idealized writings of the war.

Anger was a prominent emotion I felt while they described the treatment of the soldiers and the recruiting of the guards. I asked myself why they were letting such young boys sign up. Why weren’t their parents stopping them? Why isn’t the Sargent stopping them? Why isn’t anyone stopping them? It filled me with a useless rage. Nearing the end of the war after millions of soldiers had been injured and killed the old soldiers were retelling how nice it felt to sip tea, a smoke, or a shot of rum. Again, it made me mad that just the absolute basic pleasures in life were so uncommon to them. It made me mad that the civilians didn’t understand, “People didn’t seem to realize what a terrible thing war was…They hadn’t any conception – how could they?”. It is not the civilian’s fault that they couldn’t comprehend. But it still makes me mad. The government and media outlets that made the war seem as if it would be over in two weeks made me mad. It makes me mad that the trauma the young men experienced went untreated and their mental well-being was ignored. I felt sad about the men both young and old who had to suffer the horror of the war. It made me sad to think of the families that suffered the loss of close family and friends, and it made me sad to think of the lasting repercussions for this generation and the next.

Personal Response (They Shall Not Grow Old) – Kate Homer-Dixon

I’ve probably spent too much time deliberating about what I should write here, and this is mostly due to how much one empty piece of paper (or in this case, empty draft) can intimidate me. How do I explain a war where millions died and accurately represent the complexity and brutality that occurred?

The tragedy of World War 1 isn’t an unspoken subject, it’s actually far from it. One search of the internet and I found websites, books, and films (such as They Shall Not Grow Old) all describing in detail the horrifying experiences that happened in the trenches and no-mans land. It would be wrong to say that I was never told about World War 1, although the topic wasn’t a common discussion in my household. For younger me, all I needed to know was that many people died, there was a good guy and a bad guy, and that my great grandfather had fought in the war. I didn’t think the topic was extremely important to my life since it had happened so long ago, so I didn’t pursue the topic any further and decided that the information I had was all I needed to know. For a long time I didn’t know about the terrible conditions the soldiers endured and the horrible things these soldiers witnessed. I think this is why, despite the stories being disturbing, I was thankful for how the movie They Shall Not Grow Old presented the war. It was honest about what had happened in the war, and didn’t censor the experiences of those who had fought and seen such atrocities. But again, I didn’t know a lot about this topic until I was in high school. I didn’t even know that the condition Europe was left in after the Armistice allowed for World War 2 to become such a devastating war. Because of World War 1, more people were forced to live in trenches, more dangerous weapons were created to allow for greater violence, and peoples’ mental health was sacrificed for their country. This first war — the “Great” war — paved the way for even more generational trauma; something that has affected older members of my family for multiple generations. Despite this, They Shall Not Grow Old was still able to show that there were good times during the war, and that the majority of soldiers were still able to show empathy to their enemies. World War 1 should not be seen as only a tragedy, but also a success from people who survived such a devastating time.

𝒜 𝐻𝑒𝒾𝓃𝑜𝓊𝓈 𝑅𝑒𝒶𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓎 𝒞𝒽𝑒𝒸𝓀 – 𝒫𝑒𝓇𝓈𝑜𝓃𝒶𝓁 𝑅𝑒𝓈𝓅𝑜𝓃𝓈𝑒

𝚃𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚖𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚖, 𝚊 𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚊 𝚘𝚏 𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝-𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚜𝚞𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚢 𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎. 𝙼𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚊𝚕𝚕, 𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍, 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚜 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊 𝚟𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚛-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚎𝚞𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚌, 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚞𝚖𝚙𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎? 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚌𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚣𝚎𝚗𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠 𝚘𝚏 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜? 𝙼𝚢 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚜𝚙 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚙𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚊 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖.

𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚙𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚝𝚞𝚍𝚎, 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚑𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜. 𝙸𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚣𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚙𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚞𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚠. 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚘 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏, 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚘 𝚗𝚊𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚘𝚞𝚌𝚑? 𝚈𝚎𝚝 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚕𝚢 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚊 𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚙 𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚒𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚘𝚙𝚒𝚌.

𝚂𝚘𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚘𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝, 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏. 𝙸𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝙸, 𝚘𝚏 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎, 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚔 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚗𝚊𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚘𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢? 𝙸 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚟𝚎, 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗 𝙸𝚟𝚢 𝙻𝚎𝚊𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚘𝚗 𝚍𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚖𝚊 𝚒𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚜𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝. 𝙰𝚜 𝚠𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚛, 𝚠𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚗 𝚙𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚔 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚖𝚋 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜.

WWI Literature

When we talk about war I think we can all agree that the most memorable one are World War 1 and World War 2.
Today we are talking about the film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ which is based on World War 1. When I first saw the film in class, I realized that war is not a game. In the beginning of the film we saw how the Britain recruited their soldiers. We know that most of them were underage because their age range is between 19 to 35 but some teenagers aged 17 and 8 still attended the war and when they were asked they all faked their age to be 19.
In the beginning all of the Britain thought the war was game like but obviously it is not a game. It is a war you have to be aware of everything around you or you are gone, so I don’t think that this is a game.
During the training of the army the soldiers had learned who they were and what they were good at the funniest part for me was when one of the old soldier sang the song for their food ‘Pickler’s jam’ and it sure was a good song.
If I had to go to war my most concerned part is not death is the cleanliness part, according to the film the Britain had dug a hole for secretions and just sitting on a log which might be unstable and one time four Britain soldiers had fell into it yuck and having to wear the uniform for how long the war goes, good bye!
The most interesting thing for me was before they went on the battle field they drank alcohol so called ‘liquid courage’ I am really curious about it since I have never tried any alcohol I don’t know what they would do to your body.
It sure is lucky for us now that we don’t have a war and have peace everyday I wish this could be kept on everyday.

PR – Inception

When this assignment was initially introduced, my immediate thought went to the 2010 Sci-fi movie Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan. To provide a brief synopsis, the movie demonstrates the manipulation of the subconsciousness. The protagonist, Cobb, constructs a team with the objection of implementing an idea into someone else’s mind while overcoming his personal subconscious issues.

Although the movie is undeniably impressive; with engaging scenarios, an unpredictable narrative, and depth and maturity in the acting, I never acquired the same passion and enthusiasm that I kept hearing about. It’s the type of movie where you won’t and can’t understand and capture all the meanings and details the first time you watch it. I arguably found the plot of Inception overly complicated and somewhat confusing. This response may simply be because of the complex concept the plot attempted to communicate; however, I could almost say that I was dissatisfied with the ending, feeling as though I was left yearning for answers. As if a primary aspect was left missing. I realized this response was derived from the continuous transition between the settings of limbo and reality.

I imagine that the universal word to describe the concept of a dream is otherworldly. A place where logic, normalcies, and motion are defied and your mind is consumed by unstructured perceptions. I felt this stereotype was almost opposed, with Nolan implementing an entirely altered approach. Their dream world, known as limbo, appeared quite constricted and systematic. Rather than exploring the numerous different ways their dream world could’ve been expressed, it represented a structured and almost identical setting to the real world, other than the defiance of physics and gravity. The concept of limbo wasn’t properly channeled and expanded, almost eliminating the purpose of manipulating this context. The result was almost disappointing, as if minimal imagination and phenomena were included to create a supernatural environment.

Although I felt the subconsciousness concept wasn’t capitalized, it did encourage me to explore an alternative theory. Everything in life begins with an idea. As expressed in the movie, Cobb explains that “once an idea is planted into a person’s mind, it’ll change the person’s reality – forever.” It’s incomprehensible to think that everything in the physical world emerged from an idea and was originally created mentally. Everything must start from ideas in our minds, from the creation of computers to simply a pair of scissors. This brings forth the inquiry: Should humanity pay more attention to mental reality rather than physical reality? Instead of creating boundaries on what we view as doable, we should be more concerned about what we want and their possibilities. The strongest motivation for creation is inspiration, suggesting that to be successful in your physical reality, you must listen and acknowledge your mental reality first.

PR – They Shall Not Grow Old

I have mixed feelings about “They Shall Not Grow Old” after watching it. The movie is excellent and shows many historical details I couldn’t have imagined. For example, there was a time when soldiers would steal footwear from dead persons if their shoes were in good condition.  I was also unaware that troops had time to smoke all the time. I had various ideas and opinions about how the battle would have looked in the past before watching this film. I had assumed that everyone understood what war was, but when I saw how excitedly men and boys went to battle as though it were an exciting adventure, I became confused. The fact that I don’t get overly moved by films and have no idea what it’s like to be at war and constantly hear gunfire is another reason I had mixed feelings after watching ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’. Though I sometimes get terrified when I think of the war in my country, it is nothing compared to what those people have gone through.

PR – They Shall Not Grow Old

Throughout the documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, I experienced a variety of profound emotions, ranging from sadness to confusion to hopelessness. I am cognizant that I cannot begin to fully understand or relate to the lives of the soldiers in World War 1, as I have never had to experience such a destructive event. That being said, the gruesome imagery and depictions of death so easily discussed provided a window into the unfiltered lives of the soldiers, allowing me to see the harsh reality of war. When hearing of the age of the soldiers enlisting, the stories’ poignancy was only enhanced. I have lived a fairly sheltered life, all things considered, so it seems unfathomable to imagine friends and family members of similar age in the same situation. Knowing that the soldiers had family and friends who loved them equally as much as I love mine is terrifying. No one speaks of the individual losses, always referring to the deaths on a grand scale, so hearing about their identities, aspirations, families, and lives made the authenticity and individuality of their characters all the more real.

How the film used colorization and sound restoration to give life to the war bridged the gap between past and present, humanizing the soldiers and giving them personality in a way that made it even more difficult to watch. It is one thing to hear of the horrors of war through statistics and history books, however, the realism that this film provided and having to watch the horrors unfold for myself was a stark reminder that they were just ordinary people thrust into a devastating situation. The most crushing realization was the juxtaposition between the innocent, and even excited young men, enlisting, to the harsh reality of the brutal warfare and conditions on the front lines. It was heartbreaking to think that most of these boys, who were once full of enthusiasm, never made it back home. This reality puts into perspective just how much they sacrificed for their countries, and provided a renewed sense of gratitude and appreciation for those who gave their lives for the cause.


PR: They Shall Not Grow Old

If we talk about war, I will always be scared. I think it all started when all of my friends were obsessed with World Wars or Anna Frank. I never understood their enthusiasm and their passion about any of this; In fact I am quite sure I exhausted my dad in this topic. It became a regular thing that for three years, from when I was seven to ten years old, there was not a week that passed without me asking him once or twice a week, what would happen if a terrible war started in Mexico? What would he do? Would he stay and fight? or would we move to another country; He always answered me the same thing like something prerecorded. “I’ll stay here and fight for my country, but you my little girl, I will always make sure that your sisters, your mom and you are safe.” Then he would see me with my red eyes nearly crying and try to calm me down saying that I had nothing to worry about, that Mexico could not get into war, even if they tried. I was terrified of war and he knew it.

How can all these people sign in for war? If you ask me despite the fact that I am not an expert, I would blame the imagery. Looking at the pictures of the documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” I am in fact convinced that a picture is worth a thousand words. If a thousand words can change your opinion about something I assure you that a good picture can too. There is a huge variety of images in the documentary, however I have decided to separate them into two categories:
Propaganda imagery that uses sexism to make people stand up with weapons by using well thought phrases directed to men and kids, for them to get soaked in courage and have no regrets at all! By using phrases such as “It’s just a big game!” clearly directed to kids and “Just a job!” for men gives us a tremendous importance about people’s perspective in that time that sadly is still there currently.

The other type of images I call them “look what we can do” or “look what they did to us”. What these pictures do is just make people mad. This is not direct propaganda, but still is. Historical pictures taken in war that you might see in a museum wake up emotions of frustration and anger, making most of them at that time nationalist. The consequence of this was that no matter what people lived in that living inferno that they refused to talk about, they were just trying to have more people signing in. It did not matter the life you had ahead of you, because they did not have the time to think about that.

For me it is really disappointing that after all, now and then, images of the terrible things that happened in war are still going to “play” or “do the job” if necessary. I think we as humans can not relate or even try to empathize with what happens or what they suffer. We only want to feel courageous and powerful no matter what.

WWI personal response – Maria Prida

Through the tone of the classroom, I assumed I was alone in my feeling of contempt. The film didn’t evoke a sort of sadness; in all honesty I didn’t feel anything. I was more concerned about the feelings of the people featured in the film than I was my own. I didn’t feel bad because the film didn’t confirm my pre thought image of WW1. Before watching the film, I imagined WW1 as very serious, violent and depressing. This thought of war was shaped by me by the previous teachings, the tone of the explanation of World War 1 further instilled in my thinking the seriousness of the topic. This was codirected by the film particularly by the narrations of the soldiers. They explained the war as such as a core memory, the tone was softer and talked about in a calm tone. The soldiers did not talk about the war in such a way I would talk about my personal sad memories. I would talk about my sad personal memories in a quieter tone and avoid making jokes. Towards the beginning of the film, I had no genuine instrest in film, nothing resonated with me. As the film progressed, I started feeling more connected to the characters and began gaining empathy. My interest in the film was only through empathy and not interest in the topic of WW1 itself.