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The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender

The Cage is a book about a teenage Jewish girl, named Riva, who must go through the holocaust traveling from camp to camp while looking for her family

Kyle Doyle

on 3 February 2014

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"The Cage" Summary
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
"Where there is life, there is hope."
Compare and Contrast
Riva's mother
The Journal
The journal that the Nazi commandment gave her was symbolic in the cage because it showed that even though the commandment killed and hurt jews for no reason she is still human and was moved by Riva's poem and gave a journal to write more poems so this art Riva possessed would not be lost.
Never Stop Believing no Matter What Happens
This is the theme to "The Cage" because throughout the story Riva never stops believing in herself or in the people around her, even the Nazis. This proves to help her survive to have a family and continue the Jewish religion.
Finding Hidden values
In chapter 42 Riva comes face to face with the Nazi commandant in Mittelstein. During these few moments the commandant gives Riva a journal. Once this happens Riva thinks "there is something human in that woman that can be moved by a poem."
This phrase is symbolic to "The Cage" and its theme because the mother of Riva told her the phrase during Pesach, before the Nazis took over. Riva then held on to the phrase and always used it to justify the fact that she will get out and find her family no matter what the Nazis did to her.
"The Cage" is a book about a 16 year old girl, Riva, who loses her mother during the beginning months of World War 2. Riva must go through the ghetto, the labor camps, and Mitlestein as she tries her hardest to survive. Throughout her dark journey she vows to herself to get out, look for her family and continue the Jewish religion.Riva must keep herself strong and faithful during these times as the holocaust approaches its worst.
"The Cage" is similar to "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" because the characters the writings are focused on are being trapped and oppressed in their lives. They are also similar in the fact that both involve an actual or the feeling of being in a cage with no where to go. The writings are different because "The Cage" is about human life being trapped and oppressed by other humans while they are silent to the world.. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is about a bird being trapped and oppressed by a human while it tries to communicate to the free birds about its fear.
When Riva's mother was taken away from the Nazis the family was torn apart and Riva had to become the parent of her three brothers and one of them had Bronchitis.This was tough on Riva because she was close to her mother and she felt that she wasn't ready to be an adult let alone a parent.But she had no choice because of the circumstances.
Riva's family propels the story entirely because once they are split up at Auschwitz Riva travels through each camp, facing death at each turn, but she keeps moving promising herself that she will survive and find her family.
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