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A Final Blessing

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A Final Blessing Adan Galvez
Isabel Ramirez
Edwin Osorio
Gaby Rodriguez Period 3 Prompt & Thesis
Vocabulary Literary Analysis Figure of speech
"Had we returned home in 1916. out of the suffering and the strength of our experience we might have unleashed a storm" (Remarque 294). This quote shows as a figure of speech because it explains that the soldiers are going back to their homes and out of all the pain and the challenges they have faced have affected the outcome of the war. In other words, the soldiers borne, transmitted, to the war for fighting over a silly situation that is worthless and the result in their battles have created thousands of dead people that weren't lucky enough to survive. Overall, this quote is expressing as a blessing because even though the soldiers created a huge death toll, Paul and other survivors are lucky enough to live and going back to their homes from a long war. Symbolism
"Here the trees show grey and golden, the berries of the rowan stand red among the leaves, country roads run white out to the sky line, and the canteens hum like beehives with rumors of peace" (Remarque 295). This quote shows symbolism and simile in a way because the color gray represents the neutrality in life after the war, and golden represent a feeling of happiness. Therefore, the tree is a symbol of neutrality of happiness. "The country roads run white out to the sky line" represents that the roads of peacefulness are in another place like in heaven, or a quiet place. Lastly, "the canteens hum like beehives with rumors of peace" represents that the peace is being hold tightly and is vibrating inside of an object as if peace is holding it for long time. It also shows that armistice, a situation in war in which both parties agree to stop fighting, is coming. Simile
" He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping" (Remarque 296).
Foreshadowing
"I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear"( Remarque 295). This quote shows an example of foreshadowing because it gives context clues that Paul is not afraid anymore to die and would face the fate of death. Moreover, Paul considers this as a blessing because he's blessed that he would die for a reason and he won't be a shame and afraid to die since he saw Katchinzky died and Paul now knows that he should, too, be ready to face death. He finds it superfluous, unnecessary, to keep on living when he practically has nothing left. Personification
"But so long as it is there it will seek its own way out, heedless of the will that is within me" (Remarque 295). A simile is being used in this quote because it compares death and sleep. For instance, Paul finally dies and rests at a quiet place at the cemetery and sleep represents a person laying down on the bed and takes a rest for an amount of hours. However, in this situation, Paul is resting at the cemetery and he is sleeping because it seems that he is resting and won't wake up for a while. He feels rootless, not belonging, because he has lost Kat and doesn't care for his life anymore. A simile is being used in this quote because it compares death and sleep. For instance, Paul finally dies and rests at a quiet place at the cemetery and sleep represents a person laying down on the bed and takes a rest for an amount of hours. However, in this situation, Paul is resting at the cemetery and he is sleeping because it seems that he is resting and won't wake up for a while. He feels rootless, not belonging, because he has lost Kat and doesn't care for his life anymore. Superfluous: Unnecessary, esp. through being more than enough.
Armistice: Situation in a war where the warring parties agree to stop fighting.
Yearning: Have an intense feeling of loss or lack and longing for something.
Rootless: Not belonging to a particular place or society.
Borne: Carried or transported by. Background Research In the war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, the ending is a blessing because Paul enters the war and ends up being blessed after the war. When Paul is in the war, Paul describes the situation and sees,” their friends either die or be permanently wounded”(Cooper).This quote shows that Paul didn’t expect that the war would be easy and saw that many people can be killed or be injured from the war. In addition, Paul would be in fear in continuing to fight in the war since he now knows that he could be the next person to be dead or injured in the war. Afterwards, Paul comes home again from the war and sees the war as,” The war was even blessed by those thinkers and artists who were non-violent by nature”(Book Review: All quiet on the Western Front). This quote shows that Paul feels that people at war were blessed to be safe and be in peace in some way from the war. Moreover, Paul feels blessed since he didn’t wanted to be violent in the war since Paul sees that he is more affected with nature than in the war. In conclusion, Paul joins the army of his country and ends up to be in a peaceful place after he went through a harsh, unnecessary war. Works Cited: Prompt: Ending Thesis: The ending of the novel is a blessing because Paul no longer wanted to be part of the war and death ensured that he wouldn’t be.
• Overall, it’s confusing
• It’s good the way it was because it added to the effect the author wanted to leave

• Gained friends, but war took them from Paul
o Paul seemed to be emotionally brought down when Kat dies
• Paul must have known he was near death
o When his body was found, he had an almost peaceful expression
• Paul must have been tired of the war
o Most soldiers tend to be tired from wars and what comes with them
• He was tired and wanted to get away from the death and violence of the war
o Ending was a blessing for Paul because now he wouldn’t have to fight o The effect being a sort of emotional feeling
• Paul had been a young soldier and was almost raised by the war and everything that came with it
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Remarque, Erich Maria. "Chapter 12." All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. 293-96. Print.
Remarque, Erich Maria. "Chapter 12." All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. 293-96. Print.
Remarque, Erich Maria. "Chapter 12." All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. 293-96. Print.
Remarque, Erich Maria. "Chapter 12." All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. 293-96. Print.
Remarque, Erich Maria. "Chapter 12." All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. 293-96. Print.Remarque, Erich Maria. "Chapter 12." All Quiet on the Western Front. New York: Ballantine, 1982. 293-96. Print.
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