Literature and Terrorism In an age of terror, how does literature help us transcend our reality, lend perspective to our confusion by pulling us into the past and other cultures, and give expression to our anguish and fear through catharsis? They survived it; so can we. In this course we will define terrorism the way the Arabs define it, as any organized violence, by an individual, group or state, legitimate or illegitimate, against a civilian population, either intentional or unintentional. Black Water is both a personal and stylistic meditation on terror as well as an indirect indictment of the terror a powerful political leader has over an innocent civilian.
After the film has been watched, engage the class in a discussion about the movie. When the German school master was trying to motivate his students to enlist in the army, did he say anything that would be different from what would be said by a recruiter for the Allied Armies talking to young men in France, Britain, or theU.
Does what he said tell you anything about patriotism? The answer to the first question is no. The answer to the second question is that blind and unthinking patriotism can do a lot of harm.
While a person should be willing to sacrifice for the good of his country, just because the call of patriotism goes out, doesn't mean it should be answered. People should think critically about what they are going to do from the moral and historical standpoint.
A powerful motif in the book and film is the pair of leather boots owned by Paul's friend Hans. Paul brought them back from the hospital after Hans died. What was the author of this story trying to tell us by focusing on these boots?
Boots can be seen as an elemental aspect of a "foot soldier" and as such serve to represent the man that wore them and to reduce him to a small aspect of himself.
Another possible response is that the soldiers were expendable and that when they died, others would come to take their place and wear their boots. What is the significance of the way in which Paul died?
Students should be able to see that war is antithetical to compassion, beauty, the natural world and many other things that we appreciate in life.
Paul's death symbolically illuminates this point. The film does not romanticize warfare and shows many of the miseries of World War I.
Actually, conditions for the soldiers in the trenches were worse than what is shown in the movie. Having seen the film, would you still go to war if you felt that your country was threatened?
Although the film came out prior to World War II, it could be that each generation approaches warfare as if its experience will be different, glorious and survivable.
For more nine additional discussion questions, click here. Any of the discussion questions can serve as a writing prompt. Students who have read the novel can be assigned a comparative essay in which they look at the characters, events and focal points of both the film and the novel and determine which is more powerful in its effects.
Write a newspaper account of one of the battle experiences or incidents in the film that clearly reveals the details ordinarily left out of publicized reports on events in wars.
Research one of the following topics and write an expository essay, including opinion when properly supported and cited, on the facts you have gathered: The causes of World War I; The scientific advances in various fields of knowledge that came about in the progress of the war; The civilian death rate during the war as compared to the military death rate; The peace agreement that ended the war and its after-effects; and The recent notion that WW 1 did not end, it simply took a respite and re-emerged as WWII."The Verse" is usually referred to with a show or franchise identifier (such as "Buffyverse", "Whoniverse", etc.).It is a crafted combination of setting-elements that define the rules for how the world works and sometimes provides for sharing of characters and continuity across more than one series.
A Shared Universe refers to a fictional universe with multiple authors. "The Verse" is usually referred to with a show or franchise identifier (such as "Buffyverse", "Whoniverse", etc.).It is a crafted combination of setting-elements that define the rules for how the world works and sometimes provides for sharing of characters and continuity across more than one series.
A Shared Universe refers to a fictional universe with . Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly years after they happened.
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"The Verse" is usually referred to with a show or franchise identifier (such as "Buffyverse", "Whoniverse", etc.).It is a crafted combination of setting-elements that define the rules for how the world works and sometimes provides for sharing of characters and continuity across more than one series. A Shared Universe refers to a fictional universe with multiple authors. The emphasis of this educational reference is on words and phrases that appear in published works about war and military service; and amongst this jargon and slang, there is no pretense of objectivity or completeness, which may be readily found in official documents or government resources. Suggest that interested students read the book! The movie is based on the classic World War I novel of the same name by Erick Maria Remaque. No movie can include all of the incidents, descriptions, and character development contained in a good novel.
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