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"The Gates of Zion"

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Rosalind Graf

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Transcript of "The Gates of Zion"

The Power of Plot
"The Gates of Zion"
Plot Analysis
by Rosalind Graf

Climax & Denouement
Since
"The Gates of Zion"
is the first book in a series, it follows a slightly different pattern. I believe that the climax of the novel occurs at the end. There is open battle between the Zionists of the Haganah and the Islamic Arabs. Many elements of the plot, including character development and character relationships, reach their peak at the close of the novel. There is no classic resolution--in fact, many questions are left unanswered at the end. The epilogue offers some denoument, with an introspective Ellie reading the letter from Miriam. However, the lack of resolve is motivation to continue the series.
Protagonist & Antagonist
The
protagonist
of the story is primarily
Moshe
. Although not the only main character, he is the consistently heroic figure.
Moshe's
undercover occupation and involvement in the Haganah make him a primary target of the
antagonist
. The central
antagonist
is
the Mufti
; however, he is more of an impersonal, conceptual character. An example of a more personal antagonist is
Hassan
, because some narration occurs from his perspective, and some of his back story is revealed.
Exposition
The exposition sets the tone. In
"The Gates of Zion"
, the exposition is geographically and historically oriented. The reader is introduced to Ellie and learn of Miriam, Moshe, and Uncle Howard. It is also learned that World War Two has recently ended, and there is to be a long-awaited election regarding the Partition. The location and time period of the novel are essential to the story line. By immediately whisking the reader into post-WWII Palestine, the author creates an intriguing exposition that makes the reader feel involved.
Rising Action
From the beginning, the reader sees into the character's minds. It is learned that there is tension in Palestine regarding the vote on the Partition. Although it is still unknown what the results of the election will be, the tension described produces curiosity. Tension at the beginning of the story creates a rise in action.
Conflict
"The Gates of Zion" is a thrilling novel with many plot twists, resulting in much conflict throughout. However, the main conflict occurs early on with the approval of the Partition. This is the central conflict because it is the cause of the events that follow. A major conflict early on in the plot is another gripping technique.
Foreshadowing and Suspense
By narrating the story from the perspective of multiple characters, author Bodie Thoene uses a type of foreshadowing. The reader has the advantage in knowing what all the characters are thinking. Suspense is thick throughout the novel as well. Ellie and Yacov's rooftop chase, Moshe's refugee rescue, and Hassan's murder attempt all provide exciting suspense.
"The Gates of Zion"
is a great example of the power of a well-developed plot. Now to discover what happens next...
Thanks for watching!
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