Comparing “They Shall Not Grow Old” with “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “Soldier’s Home.”

“They Shall not Grow Old” is an Documentary Film detailing the lives of British Soldiers in WWI. It is a masterfully directed film that grants its viewers a great sense of the day to day life of a average British Soldier before, during and after the Great War. If we contrast this movie with other works we have seen in our classes like “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “Soldiers Home”, we can get ourselves a much greater view of what life really was like for Soldiers in WWI.

What sets this piece of literature apart from the other works we have seen, is how it gives the soldiers we have read about faces and voices. Imagery is a very powerful tool for telling stories, and by giving faces to the people we have read about, we can more deeply connect with them and their experiences. I still believe that “All Quiet in the Western Front” does a better job of making the reader connect with a soldiers struggle as it focuses in one particular story, but the Movie “We shall not grow old” certainly gives us a better understanding of the terrible things these soldiers experienced.

Soldiers’s Home Blog Post

Blog Post about Soldier’s Home

Koichiro Sakakihara

October, 11, 2022

English A

Now we’ve read two stories, Soldiers home and All quiet on the western front. Both stories are about war and I found some similarities and differences between Kreb and Paul while I was reading this stories so I’m going to explain where and how.

First, I’m explaining similarities between this two characters. These two main characters from this story, Krab and Paul are both enlisted in the army. However, Krab enlisted in Marines and Paul enlisted in normal army. Additionally, They both didn’t want to speak about the war and both remembered the terror of the war.

Now I’m explaining the differences between this two characters. They were from different sides and armies. Paul was German soldier/army and Krab was U.S. marine corp. The biggest difference between Paul and Krab was, Krab survived the war and Paul died in the middle of the war. Krab didn’t want to but still he was able to tell stories about the war. However, Paul died in the middle of the war so he wasn’t able to tell stories or to go back to his hom

All quiet on the western front

Blog Post about All Quiet on the Western Front

Koichiro Sakakihara

October, 5, 2022

English A

When I finished this book “All Quiet on the Western Front”, I felt it’s a really sad story that describes how terrible and brutal it was. In this blog post, I am focusing on chapter 9 because I thought this chapter can describe how terrible and brutal it was.

The first scene that showed the reality of war was when Paul killed French soldier in

 his first encounter with hand-to-hand combat and shows the reality of war. When the enemy soldier got stabbed by Paul, Paul had to wait inside the shell hole with soldier’s body until the attack is over. However, he noticed that he’s still alive and he tries to cure him, but unfortunately, he died at last. Paul experienced agony in this moment.

“I bend forward, shake my head and whisper, ‘No, no, no,” I raise one hand. I must show him that I want to help him, I stroke his forehead. The eyes shrink back as the hand comes, then they lose their stare, the eyelids droop lower, the tension is past. I open his collar and place his head more comfortably.” P. 219

All quiet on the western front

I enjoyed the novel to a certain extent as it is not my normal type of book i usually read. What i do admire about it was the reality it shows about war rather than glamorizing it. Eric Maria Remarques states this many times but i was moved by this one quote where he states. “a man cannot realize that above such shattered bodies there are still human faces in which life goes its daily round.” This depicts that at the end of the day non of these soldiers actually wanted to be there and no matter if they were fighting enemies, in any other circumstance would they agree to kill other people because it is inhumane.

“We have lost all feeling for one another. We can hardly control ourselves when our glance lights on the form of some other man. We are insensible, dead men, who through some trick, some dreadful magic, are still able to run and kill.”

Here Paul talks about soldiers going back to their roots, going back to being animals. The fear of death, the thought of not seeing your wife and kids again, the depraved state of soldiers in a land that nothing matters but killing each other, such things make men, husbands, sons, the one thing society told them not to be, scared. Thus the only thing men think about, is surviving, everything else is erased, every other feeling is gone, the only thought is surviving, surviving in a battleground full of men with the same thought.

War is depicted as the thing that forges boys into men, an adventure with lots of risk, truth is its the exact opposite, its just a field where boys go to kill themselves. You could go as far as to say the goverment tricks boys to go fight for their country, when in reality they go fight for almost nothing at times, at times they do win ground or take cities and such, but we are talking about 18-21 boys that just started living. A good example is Pauls brigade, a 150 men company, only 8 making it out alive, it is truly an awful world we live in.

All Quiet on the Wester Front- Personal Response

One of the key themes in All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque that I found interesting was the way he showed the change of Paul Bäumer’s mental state throughout the book. At the beginning of the novel, the author makes the atmosphere of the camp seem more positive by showing the friendship and banter between the soldiers. For example, when Paul talks about first enlisting in the army he says,

 “We were still crammed full of vague ideas which gave to life, and to the war also, an ideal and almost romantic character.” P. 21.

This shows the ignorance a lot of the young soldiers had about the idea of war and what it meant. As the story goes on the attitude the soldiers have towards the war starts to shift as they begin to comprehend the impact the war has on them.

In the middle of the book Paul goes on leave and gets to go back home to visit. During this time, he has lots of time to reflect on just how much the war has changed him.

“I imagined leave would be different from this. Indeed, it was different a year ago. It is I of course that have changed in the interval. There lies a gulf between that time and today. At that time I still knew nothing about the war, we had only been in quiet sectors. But now I see that I have been crushed without knowing it. I find I do not belong here anymore, it is a foreign world.” P. 168

Going back home, Paul realizes that the life he lived before the war, he can never go back to. He feels like he is looking at his life through the eyes of an outsider and starts to reflect on how the war has stripped him of his childhood and previous life. He has become accustomed to the harsh and traumatic environment of the trenches that going back to “normal life” feels like it is wrong. I was surprised by the disconnection he felt to his childhood home and found it sad how he felt like he didn’t belong.

Near the end of the book, you start to see just how badly the war has impacted Paul. For example, the last thing that is written about Paul before his death is

“I am very quiet. Let the months and years come, they can take nothing from me, they can take nothing more. I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them with out fear. The life that has borne me through these years is still in my hands and my eyes. Whether I have subdued it, I know not. But so long as it is there it will seek its own way out, heedless of the will that is within me.” P. 295

I felt like this quote really made me understand the mental suffering Paul was going through at this time and made me understand the progression of the impact of the war on his mental health throughout the whole book.

His life ends with half a blank page and a paragraph about how he was killed quickly. At first, I didn’t like the ending to his life because I felt like it didn’t do Paul’s character justice but then it made me realize that all the deaths during the war were like that. They were not big and dramatic or heroic, they were quick and fast. His death was the end of his mental suffering.


Hello my name is Armando im from Mèxico but I recently moved to Canada a year ago. My hobbies are playing videogames, listening to music, and watching tv shows. My hopes for this year are having great marks, writing notes, bulking, and completing my classwork. My expectations for this year are to learn something new.

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My name I Aidan I am from Canada victoria I have lived here my whole life I like to work out. My hopes for this year are to make sure I do my homework before I do anything else because I have a habit to procrastinate. My expectations for this year are that you can teach me well and I can learn what you are teaching me and I will try my hardest to get good grades as long as I am provided with things that are needed to do well.

Class intro

Hi, my name is Mateo Martínez and I’m from Spain. I was born in Barcelona but I moved to Madrid when I was 3 years old. I like so many sports, but the sports I like most are; soccer, volleyball, athletics and working out. I’d like to improve my English level and my athletic skills.

Class Intro

My name is Koichiro Sakakihara. I was born in Japan and this is my fourth year here at Brookes. I like to play Dodgeball and Basketball. I would like to challenge my English pronunciation which would lead me to better communication skills and read more books to gain my knowledge and vocabulary.

About me

Hello, my name is Alejandro Rodriguez. I am in grade 10 and have been attending Brookes Westshore for 5 years. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and am very proud to be living in this very beautiful province. My parents are from South America, and have raised me to speak Spanish and continue to do so for my entire life. It used to be the only language I spoke, until I had to learn to speak English in Pre-K; it is my first language now. I moved to Victoria in 2015 and took me a while to get used to the very laid-back lifestyle compared to the very fast, hectic lifestyle of Vancouver. I used to think it was boring at first, but then I realize that at least I don’t have to be looking behind my back every couple of seconds as it is very safe here.

This year in English, I hope to improve my English speaking skills but most importantly, my reading skills as I know I will use them a lot in my life. I would also like to improve my calligraphy skills as I think my handwriting is somewhat generic, but still readable at the same time. I hope to continue to work on these certain aspects of English so that I will be able to finish these last three years of school, and the many challenging years of university which come after.

About Me

Hey there, my name is Lucca.

I was born in Brazil and lived there for 9 years before moving to Canada, a place in which I’ve been for over 6 years now. What I do in my free time is way too diverse for a short reflection, but I mostly like to go around the internet and find ways to entertain myself, while also being somewhat productive. I also have ADHD, which makes me very prone to distractions.

I enjoy writing very much, and I have several expectations for English this year, specially referring to any philosophy involved work. Furthermore, I very much wish to refine even further my creative writing skills, specially in the science fiction area, as it is the one I find most difficult to write.

About Me

Hey, my name is Calla.

I live in Victoria, and always have. I mostly live with my dad, step mom, and step sister. And with my mom i have one half brother. In my free time i play golf competitively, work, hangout with friends, and watch shows.

In this upcoming year, i would like to learn how to improve my personal writing. And i know i have to read more, even though it’s not my favourite. But i want to learn how to enjoy reading, and how it will help me with the outcome of my work.

About me

My name is Nyah, I was born in California and have lived in Victoria for most of my life. I like to play guitar and take care of my 50+ plants.

I hope we get to do lots of creative writing and new topics. I’m expecting to read more books this year (outside of school).


My name is Elijah, I am from Singapore and have been under its education system up until my eighth grade. My family and I quite recently moved to Victoria in December to explore the different education(IB) and opportunities here. In my free time, i like watching movies and playing sports.

My hopes for this year is to see improvement in my English grades.

Hi , my name is Cristina I’m from Mexico City and is my first year in Brooks.

I like to listen to  The Weeknd, travel and fashion.

My expectation for this year is to read more book and learn more vocabulary .

About Me

Hey, my name is Emma. I am from Calgary but live in Duncan and I am moving to Victoria in a few months. I like art and fashion, and showng my personality through my clothing and makeup.

I also love to write poetry. So I hope to read and write a lot of poetry this year in English and expand my point of view on literature around the world. I am excited about all the new things I have to learn.

About me

Hello, my name is Angelique. I was born in Victoria, but I lived in Miami when I was younger. I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends, and cheerleading. I also love to travel to spend time with my family.

This year in English, I hope to continue reading even more, and to expand more into classic literature. I will work hard to excel in my writing and work habits, and to fulfill the expectations I have set for myself.


I have grown up in Victoria, but was born in Taiwan and lived there for two years before moving to Canada. I am also a South African citizen because my mom is from there. I have been playing piano for about ten years now and I enjoy playing and listening to music. One goal I have for myself in this year’s English class is that I’d like to improve my knowledge of terminology as that’s something I’ve struggled with in past years. But I am excited for poetry this year because I love poetry and writing poems.

– Susie Black

About Me

My name is Ryan, I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but moved to Victoria, BC about 4 years ago to be closer to my family. I like to play hockey, golf and to hangout with my friends.

My hopes for this upcoming year is to get more into reading and writing. My expectations would be to get all my work handed in on time and correctly done.

About me

Hello, my name is Finn. I was born in Toronto, then lived in London, UK before moving to Vancouver Island. Drawing is one of my favourite things to do. I also really like swimming, especially in tropical places.

This year in English, I hope to work on creative writing. I’d also like to read books in class written by diverse authors (not only a western, male perspective).

First reflection

My name is Eva, I was born in Canada and the moved to Singapore shortly after, then moved back to Canada. I hope to improve my vocabulary as well as my writing skills, I would also like to improve my ability to write good essays, to be able to understand how to persuade or to make others understand my point or view through writing

About me

My name is Dylan Gardner. My mother is Japanese and my Father is Canadian. I was born in Vernon BC and moved to Victoria in 2014. I like to eat and exercise a lot. My hopes this year is for me to get mostly As on my report card. And i expect to at least get a B in English class this year.

About me

Hello! My name is Milo (or is it…) and I’m from the Greater Victoria area, it’s my first year here at Brookes, and I like to rock climb, play hockey, and other things. My hope for English this year is to figure out what I’m doing when it comes to writing stuff that isn’t poetry, where a comma should be; and what the point of a semicolon is.


  1. Introduce yourself: Where are you from? What do you like to do?
  2. What are your hopes and expectations for English this year?

My name is Nicky and I am half British and half Mexican. I like to play tennis and watch movies. In english I hope to broaden my vocabulary and to read more books.

Class Intro

Hi! My name is Jeongmin. 

I am from Seoul, South Korea and It is my second year here at Brookes. I enjoy listening to music as well as spending time alone without having to encounter social interference. 

I am delighted to be in this class, and my goal would be to improve my writing and reading skills, as they are not up to my expectations. I would try my best to fulfill those expectations I have set for myself in this class. 

I look forward to meeting more people and learning more as I progress through the academic year. 

jmyoon –


About Me

Hello! My name is Arlo and I was born in Ottawa, Ontario. I am a military brat so I’ve moved around throughout my childhood and have lived in three different countries: Canada, America, and Germany. I enjoy skateboarding, drumming, and reading sci-fi and fantasy books.

This school year I hope to take strategic, to-the-point notes in English class and to volunteer original and helpful commentary during group discussions.


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.



Hello Guy.

my name is ice. nice to meet you you should definitely follow me on instagram (@icecreamdingdong) frfr im so cool u should also be friends w me im a great friend.

Good morning/afternoon/evening, my dear friend reading this blog post. My name is Ice and I’m from Bangkok, Thailand. Things I do a lot are gaming and overthinking. I also enjoy oversharing, as you can tell. My hopes and expectations of English this year is to be able to write well, at least better than this. I also want to make sure I read a lot this year because I used to read when I was younger.