Don L. Wolffson and Gary D Schmidt believe that trauma events from a young age can effect you in positive and negative ways.
Relation to Book
Relation to real world
How trauma can affect you in bad ways
Trauma can effect you in very bad ways. Using something
similar to my book, soldier are know to get something
called PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) where they
will have flashbacks, lose sleep, get extreme anxiety, and
have bad mistrust problems. War can also make you into
ruthless killing machines who have no remorse.
Trauma can affect you in very bad ways. The
main character, Erik Brandt, is forced to fight
for Hitler on the eastern front and join the
Wehrmacht. He's been brainwashed his
whole life from the Hitler Youth and is taught
It's honorable to die for ones country and is
proud to go fight for the Nazi Army. This
trauma affects him horribly though. He has
become desensitized to killing and has
become propaganda spewing, ruthless,
brutal, killing machine.
German Males were drafted into the Wehrmacht
During WWII over
In my book Soldier X the main character Erik Brandt is forced to join the Wehrmacht, Germanys fighting force, and has to go to war with the Russians on the eastern front. Trauma affects him horrible as you can tell. In this quote "A partisan, who had been hiding in them. Hit by countless bullets, he did a wild death dance; it was comically hideous, and despite myself I laughed." (Wulffson 29) This shows the character has been traumatized by war. He has lost a part of himself. Not a part on the outside physically, but on the inside mentally.
"There are so many people who bless you
even if their blessing is a silent one
there are so many who have never met you
yet you are their savior
When you speak to your German people
The words go across the land
and sink into countless hearts
Hearts in which your image long has stood
Sometimes the image of you brings life
To those in midst of hard labor and heavy obligations
So many are devoted to young seek in your spirit a clear light"
-Anonymous poem written by someone of the Hitler Youth
Poem Relation to book
This poem relates to the book as they both show how at a young age you can become indoctrinated to a messed up ideology and be traumatized for life because of it.
Relation to real world
This poem clearly shows a child who has been brainwashed by his country to become nothing but a nationalistic, killing machine. This relates very much to the book
How Trauma Events Can Affect You in Good Ways
How trauma can affect you in good ways
For example in the book it showed the main character constantly get bullied. It got taken so far he even took a record. The author said,
"Three Fights in downstairs. No wins. 1 loss. Two ties. Mr. Ferris stopped it."( Schmidt 149 ) I see this as a problem because of how dangerous all this fighting can be and i think this needs to be stopped.
Trauma can also affect you in good ways. For example, in my book Okay
For Now, Doug (the main character) was being bullied from his brother
over and over again. Eventually, it wasn't just his brother bullying him, it was
everyone in town. At school his teachers kept getting on to him as well as
kids. But at the end of the book his older brother which bully's him a lot gets
temporarily blinded and looses both his legs. This affected him in a good way
from how he reacted to it. He started helping his brother in the wheel chair
and taught him discipline. This helped him become a better person overall.
This can effect people in real life in
many situations. Kids have been
getting bullied world wide for many
years.It started as more fist fighting
with more contact . But now modern
day most bullying is through words
and making fun of kids.
GROWTH IN POPULATION
OVER THE PAST YEAR,
In conclusion this shows how Doug learned from his trauma and it affected him in good ways.
This graph shows how bullying happens in more than just one way.
"Crowded hallways are the loneliest places For outcasts and rebels Or anyone who just dares to be different And you've been trying for so long To find out where your place is But in their narrow minds There's no room for anyone who dares to do something different Oh, but listen for a minute Trust the one Who's been where you are wishing all it was Was sticks and stones Those words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone And you're not invisible Hear me out, There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now Someday you'll look back on all these days And all this pain is gonna be invisible Oh, invisible So your confidence is quiet To them quiet looks like weakness But you don't have to fight it 'Cause you're strong enough to win without a war Every heart has a rhythm Let yours beat out so loudly That everyone can hear it Yeah, I promise you don't need to hide it anymore Oh, and never be afraid of doing something different Dare to be something more Trust the one Who's been where you are wishing all it was Was sticks and stones Yeah, the words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone And you're not invisible Hear me out, There's so much more of this life than what you're feeling now And someday you'll look back on all these days And all this pain is gonna be invisible These labels that they give you just 'cause they don't understand If you look past this moment You'll see you've got a friend Waving a flag for who you are And all you're gonna do Yeah, so here's to you And here's to anyone who's ever felt invisible Yeah, and you're not invisible Hear me out, There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now And someday you'll look back on all these days And all this pain is gonna be invisible It'll be invisible."
This song relates to my book because it shows that you don't have to fight back with punching and other types of contact. The song instead says, "your strong enough not to fight it, because your strong enough to win with out a war. This shows that it is more out of the heart and that every solution wont be solved with fighting back physicaly.
Another example is from the song Invisible by Hunter Hayes,
This relates to my book in many ways. In the beginning of my book Doug's older brother was stealing his base ball cap and punching, kicking, and not being the brother that you would want. Around the middle of the book Doug was finding ways on how to not make himself less vulnerable and coping mechanisms. For example, one of the librarians showed him a coping mechanism through writing. This calmed him down a lot and showed him how good he was at it.
Relation to Real world
relation to book
Quote from the book
This article by Healey, Justin which indicates that bullying is really bad and needs to be stopped. One of the ways the author indicated this is to, "Banish bullying, don't put up with it, deal with it." (Healey Justin)This quote shows that a lot of the times when people are getting bullied they don't deal with it they try to hide instead of fight this. I see this as a problem because if kids don't stick up for themselves the bullying won't stop.
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