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Important Quotations Explained

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Napassorn Limapichat

on 3 June 2014

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Transcript of Important Quotations Explained

After reading each quote, make a guess to which character from the novel says that quote before advancing to the next slide. The next slide will tell you the answer as well as provide an explanation. There are 10 quotations in total. Keep track of your score to find out how well you did in the end. Have fun and don't cheat!
Let's play a game!
A novel by Steven Galloway
The Cellist of Sarajevo-
Important Quotations Explained

"Using her real name would make her no different from the men she kills. It would be a death greater than the end of her life. "
You must know who says this!
Arrow refuses to use her real name as long as she is a sniper because she values the meaning of life. Right from the beginning, we see that she doesn't want to shoot people, whether it is an enemy or not, since everyone has a story, family and dream. This quotation is significant because her determination to resist the war's influence on transforming her innocent self into a murderer continues throughout the novel. We see Arrow as the rebellious character who attempts to fight the system, similar to Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
"To go outside is to accept the possibility that you will be killed."
Who says this one?
Dragan says it! (page 35)
"The sniper had the shot. He had it the whole time. But he didn't shoot. He was listening to the cellist play."
What about this one?
Kenan is! (page 51)
Kenan's memory! (page 57)
Kenan says this (page 165) and doesn't his action reminds you of ...Lady Macbeth?!
It was Dragan! (page 238)
After listening to the cellist's story from Emina, Dragan realizes the real reason the city is dying. Although it may look like it's because of the men on the hills, it's actually because the citizens are giving in to what those men want them to become. He finally understands that the cellist isn't just playing because "it's the only thing he knows how to do," but instead, the cellist wishes to stimulate actions in others and become a symbol of hope for them. Dragan then walk instead of dash across the intersection marking the turning point in his character. He's been asleep since the war has begun but now he's finally waking up and getting a grip of his life once again.
The answer is the cellist! (page 2)
This quotation establishes the theme of hope in the novel. The Albinoni's Adagio that the cellist plays is a piece of music that another musician has spent 12 years composing, beginning with just a four-bars bass line that he found in the "remnants of the firebombed Dresden Music Library" back in 1945. This little melody almost disappears from our world but because another ambitious musicologist discovers it, it was reconstructed into a beautiful song. This proves that even if the city will be completely ruined by the end of the war, it can be still be rebuilt as long as the civilians remain optimistic. For this reason, the cellist plays the song everyday for 22 days, despite knowing how dangerous it is, to impel emotions and actions in his audience. It serves as a reminder for them to never lose hope during the war.
It was Arrow indeed! (page 255)
This quotation shows the impact the music has on Arrow as she intently listens to the cellist play on the last day. Music is an important theme in this novel since the author states himself, "If you destroy the art, you destroy the civilization. That’s what [the enemy] wishe[s] to do." The Adagio give people hopes after the situation has stripped them off their purposes in life. Listening to the melody, Arrow realizes she isn't content with the way the war is stripping her of her innocence. If only the world is rid of discrimination, injustice, and hatred, this chaotic war would not occur; but that's next to impossible. Furthermore, the song proves that the world is still capable producing goodness and spreading joy. With art acting as a guidance, humanity will never be lost.
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You're right, Arrow says it! (page 13)
" It takes courage to kill a man, and he doesn't possess such courage."
Who is too afraid to kill?
"Everywhere he looks remind him of some memory, of something he can't recovered."
Whose memory can't be recovered?
"He puts his hand back under the water, washes them even though they're not dirty."
Who says this and which Shakespearean character does he reminds you of?
Out, damned spot! out, I say!
"Everything that is neither politician nor gangster in this city in hungry."
Do you remember who says this?
It was Dragan! (page 231)
"The men on the hills didn't have to be murderers. The men in the city didn't have to lower themselves to fight their attackers. She didn't have to be filled with hatred. The music demanded that she remember this, that she know to a certainty that the world still held the capacity for goodness. The notes were proof of that."
Who expresses this as she listens to the cellist play? The "she" is a big giveaway.
"If the city is to die, it won't be because of the men on the hills, it will be because of the people in the valley. When they're content to live with death, to become with the men on the hills what them to be, then Sarajevo will die."
Who realizes this near the end of the novel?
It's Arrow! (page 188)
What Arrow says here is important because the fact that the sniper delays to shoot the cellist shows the impact that music has on him. That delay also costs him his life and he must have been aware of that risk since after all, he is at war. Yet, he listens because the melody stirs a feeling in him. The cellist plays his song in the hope to stop the war and in a
way, he succeeds since they sniper has a second
thought about murdering him and temporarily
pauses his participation in the warfare. Just like
Galloway said, 'If you go throughout history, you’ll find
that when there is a war, art doesn’t disappear; it thrives.'
"Nearly half a century later, it's this contradiction that appeals to ____. That something could be almost erased from existence in the landscape of a ruined city, and then rebuilt until it is new and worthwhile, gives him hope."
Fill in the blank to find out who says this!
Characters to choose from:
The game begins now!
The cellist
Score Guide
Awe, you must have been thinking of pizza while reading the novel! Try to concentrate better next time!
Almost there, but not quite! Really connect with the characters and consider what they're feeling!
Bravo! You really know your stuff! Why don't you reward yourself by listening to Elvis?! He's proud of you too.
That's the end of the game! Go to the next slide to see how well you did!
So, how did you do? Thank you for playing! :)
This quotation reveals how devastating life is during the Siege. The enemy snipers take control of the whole city and deprives the citizens of their basic rights and freedoms. Their lives must be at rock bottom for them to come to accept the fact that stepping outside of their house means they might not make it back alive. To make matters worse, Kenan refers to his home as a "temporary illusion of safety" (page 166) further building on to Dragan's belief that living in Sarajevo during the Siege is like living in hell; nowhere is safe.
Kenan is strong physically but he's fragile emotionally. He refuses to join the army because he's afraid of dying, but even more so, he's afraid of killing. In Socials class, we learned that many soldiers from the First World War experienced 'shell shock,' a psychological disturbance of exposure to warfare where they persistently relive the memory at war. However, this quotation also reflects the enemy snipers' perspectives. It's possible that they may not want to engage in warfare either, but are forced to due to the circumstance. Taking a life isn't as effortless as it may seems. Evidently, Macbeth's mind deteriorates after murdering King Duncan.
This quotation shows the physical damage the city has felt as the result of the Siege. A city once flourished, now destroyed and lifeless. Everywhere Kenan looks, he sees mangled buildings, wreckage in the streets, people growing thin and tired and he also sees gray all over the place. Relating to Edward Scissorhands and "Frankenstein," the surrounding environment can have great impacts on people's attitudes and perspectives of the world. If the citizens of Sarajevo sees their city, their home, in ruins, they will sink in despair and become pessimistic.
Kenan has just witnessed an attack at the brewery and he is one of the people that merely stands there, gaping at the scene, not knowing what to do. He isn't brave enough to rush to help those injured but he doesn't want to just disregard the incident. The act of washing his hands even though they're not dirty portrays his guilt of not helping the people that are severely injured from the mortars. He has always been self-conscious about his lack of participation to protect his city and this was just another time that he's let his people down. This echoes how Lady Macbeth washes her hands because she's convinced there is blood on them, depicting her guilt of helping her husband murder the king.
Dragan is criticizing the government system through this quotation. According to my Socials textbook, Prime Minister Bennett was a millionaire during the darkest days of the Depression. While Canadians struggled to survive with the unemployment rate soaring as high as 30%, the government workers were living well off their high salaries. In the novel, Dragan summarizes the relationship between the rich government and its justice-deprived citizens perfectly with that one line. Corruption will exists no matter where in the world because humans are greedy and have a tendency towards savagery as explored in Lord of the Flies.
Source for author quotes:
Socials textbook: Counterpoints: Exploring Canadian Issues.
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