I am reading the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.d Salinger the chapter 5 of the book talks about Holden eating dinner at the dining hall with his friends, then they all get ready to go on the bus and when everyone is getting ready holden goes outside and makes a snowball
It says” while he was doing it, I went over to my window and opened it and packed a snowball with my bare hands. The snow was very good for packing. I didn’t throw it at anything, though I started to throw it at a car that was parked across the street I changed my mind.” (pg.41)
When I read this part in the book I thought about last winter when I and my friend were all packing snow with our hands and throwing it at cars for fun, and also when we got into trouble with the security around the mall for throwing it at a moving car.
I am reading the catcher and the rye by J.D Salinger in the book talks about a boy named holden who is having a hard time in school flunking all the exams and failing almost all his classes. In the book, he talks about how his brother died and you can see that because his brother died he is still going through depression and sadness that’s why he can’t pay attention in school.
He says “I wrote about my brother’s Allies baseball mitt. It was a very descriptive subject. It really was. My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder’s Mitt. He was left-handed.”
he also says “He’s dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You’d have liked him. He was 2 years younger than I was and about fifty times as intelligent.” (pg.45)
When reading these lines I thought about my grandma and how she had died from cancer a couple of years ago. I thought about how she was always there for me and how she was also an incredibly happy intelligent person. After the first couple weeks of her being gone and disappearing from my life, I really couldn’t do everything the same and I couldn’t even pay attention during classes, I would have many sleepless nights thinking about her until I finally took control of myself though about what she would say if she was still alive. These lines made me really understand what the character felt and it made me have a good connection with him because I knew what he was going through.
I recalled a scary experience that happened last year in winter when it snowed, it all started with me and my 2 friends Tariq and Abdul trying to catch the bus to go to this golf course to go sledding. We were all at the bus stop and it had been about 45 minutes of us waiting. Then we saw a police car and they drove past us telling us to throw a snowball at their car as we threw it at their car my friends decided that because we are waiting we should just throw snowballs at all the cars in the area as they drove by, we started pinning down cars and throwing snowballs at cars, people at the bus stop saw us having fun and decided to join us, as we all threw them at cars we realized that some people started getting upset one lady particularly, she pulled over to the side of the road and go out of her car screaming and yelling at all of us, she threatened to call the police and me and my friends just laughed it off thinking that she wouldn’t do anything. We decided to leave the bus stop and just walk instead. as we walked we heard sirens and 2 police officers got out of their car coming towards us to ask us questions. They were very upset with us and asked us to not do that again especially because it can distract drivers when they are driving. After a while they let us go and we left the scene deciding to never throw a snowball at a car again.
In the book it’s kind of a funny story, by Ned Vizzini, Craig the main character gets depressed and stressed from his school and he stops eating and sleeping, he faces major stress and even reverts to killing himself, but he thinks about it and just can’t, one night he is super stressed and starts looking through his mom’s books and finds a number called a suicide hotline, he calls the number and they tell him to go to the hospital he goes to get checked out because he knows he has a problem, he reaches the hospital without telling his mom and he thinks about how he is gonna call her and tell her where he is while they are asking Him questions and testing him to see if he is okay, he finally gets the courage to call his mom and struggles to say hello
Hi mom I’m in the hospital. No hey, mom are you sitting down? Hey, mom” I say when I hear her groan hello. “How are you?” “Craig! Where are you? I just—you just woke me up and you are not in bed! Are you okay?” I’m okay.” “Are you at Aarons?” “uh . . .” I suck air through my teeth. “No, mom. I am not at Aaron’s “where are you?” “I, Uh . . .I freaked out last night, and I was feeling really bad, and I, um, I checked myself into Argenon Hospital.” “Oh, my goodness.” she stops and hitches her breath. I hear her sit down, and exhale. “You…. are you okay.” “well, I mean—I wanted to kill myself.” “Oh, Craig.” There is no crying, but I hear her put her face in her hands (pg.167, 168)
This shows how Craig failed to call his mom and struggled to talk to her because he was afraid but in the end, he overcomes his fear and tells he where and what happened even if she doesn’t take it well.
During a basketball game, there are 5 positions et for each player. The Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward, Power forward, and Center the positions you get usually depends on your size and your skill, the position I play is center, during the game I set screens for the point guard and roll, when you roll your cutting to the basket and it helps with getting opened and scoring. The point guard is supposed to dribble the ball down the court looking for an open person or an open chance to call out a play. When the point guard calls the play all the players should react to it and move around to their positions that they practiced, if the defense reacts to there fist option then they move to the second, and if they react to the second they move to the third option. The first option is usually passing to the shooting guard whole will run around the screen set by the power forward, depending on how your play is, your second and third option is always different. The most consistent shooter on the team is the shooting guard, he takes most of the shots during the game, and the center and power forward box out every time there is a ball getting shot. the center posts up which is pushing on the defender and the power forward drives the ball in the paint.
They Shall Not Grow Old, All Quiet on the Western Front and “Soldier’s Home.” All have many similarities and all have a very sad story to tell. The three of them all have their own different stories to tell about their experiences in the war and how it felt to be involved in such terrible times. Even though they were different stories they all had the same type of experiences for example. In the movie it showed all of the experiences in photos and in the other two stories this was how there lifestyle was and it wasn’t different for anyone, they all felt the same feeling in the war and all had the same disconnection to their old life knowing it would never be the same again. The only differences were that each of them had a different way of telling their story, facing their difficulties and experiences and talking about how their life was during and after the war, In conclusion, I think I have gained lots of knowledge from all three different stories/ perspectives of WW1 as well as understanding more on how terrible it was to fight in the war.
In the book it’s kind of a funny story, by Ned Vizzini, Craig talks about how he was very smart in his other high school and how he was determined to succeed in life, he studies day and night, and he thought he was very smart compared to the other kids until he joins Brooklyn high school for high-achieving kids who are aiming for Harvard. When he starts at his new school, he starts to feel depressed cause he realizes he is not the most brilliant kid anymore.
He says on pp.49-50 “so why am I so depressed? That’s the million-dollar question, baby, the tootsie Roll question; not even the owl knows the answer to that one. I don’t know either. All I know is the chronology. Two years ago, I got into one of the best high schools in Manhattan: Executive Pre-Professional High School. It’s a new school set up to create the leaders of tomorrow; corporate internships are mandatory; the higher-ups of Merrill Lynch come and speak to classes and distribute travel mugs and stuff.
This shows that Craig was depressed because he was not one of the smartest kids in his school anymore and he started struggling with things.
When reading and analyzing the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and the short story Soldier’s Home by Ernest Hemingway I noticed many similarities and differences between the two kinds of literature. Paul Baummer from All Quiet on the Western Front and Harold Kerbs From Soldier’s Home both fought during WW1 on different sides. The most obvious this that is common in both stories is that both men faced trauma and trouble living life normally after their experience in the conflict of war. We can see that the book about Paul Baummer explains how his full war experience was including his time at home but the other book about Harold Krebs only talks about his time at home.
What was different between Krebs and Baummer was that Krebs found that the energy that he felt in the state of life or death was making him want to go back to fight but Baummer wanted to stay home or not even come home because his mother was sick.a similarity that they had was when Krebs also explains that he has nothing to do at home and he is no use to anyone, for example, on page 2 it says “ reading on the front porch until he became board” this shows that Krebs didn’t have anything to do and he was just wandering around bored.
comparably in All Quiet on the Western Front Paul is also very bored and has nothing to do when he gets home because after the war there is nothing for him to do, he can’t work nor go back to school, and nothing can be the same ever again and Paul knows that for example:” on chapter 7 Paul talks about opening his books at home that he use to be able to read but he just can’t read them or connect to them as he use to before”.
Another thing that was similar between them is that their fathers always wanted to know about the war but neither Krebs nor Paul can answer it because of the traumatic war experience that they had, it is evident that what they both faced was very scary for them and affected the mentally and emotionally affecting their lives. this caused them to have distant relationships with their loved ones nor make new connections with others because of their difficulty communicating, in conclusion, we see that both characters struggled with returning to their old lives.
All Quiet on the Western Front, E. M. Remarque was a very emotional story that gave me a feel for how it was to be a soldier in the war, Paul Baummer who was the main character was a normal high school teenager that enjoyed life hanging with his friends, playing games and just having fun. Then out of know where he was called to help the Germans in war with all his friends alongside him, Paul talks about his time before being called to war as a very fun and relaxing time, He talks about how he used to lay in the field with his friends and relax ” We take off our caps and lay them down beside us. The wind plays with our hair; it plays with our words and thoughts.” (pg.8) This shows that when Paul was with his friends, he had lots of good times relaxing and having fun. During this part of the book, I realized Paul was only 2 or 3 years older than me and it showed how much pain he felt and how his surroundings and his attitude changed throughout the book.
Later on, in the book (chapter 7) Paul talks about how he gets on leave for 6 weeks, he thinks about his friends not knowing if they will survive during his time off, when Paul reaches home he tries to get back to his old self and tries to connect with his family but he just can’t, it’s not the same anymore “I one shelf is filled with the books I used to read, I wanted to think myself back into that time. It is still in the room, I feel it at once, the walls have preserved it.”(pg.170) This shows that when Paul went home he couldn’t go back to his old ways or even talk to his family about what happened because he went through lots of trauma and they wouldn’t understand unless they experienced it for themselves, Paul also knew that he couldn’t just go back home and make everything fine again.
In conclusion All Quiet on the Western Front, by E. M. Remarque was a very interesting but very sad and emotional story with lots of lives being lost and lots of teenagers that had to go fight for their country in war, the book ends with Paul dying and I feel that because of the book I Now have a good understanding of what the soldiers went through to help there countries and the trauma that all the young soldiers faces.
Hello, my name is Hassan i was born in Victoria, i like enjoy being active and playing basketball in my free time. This year i hope to do better in english class and understand it more.