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Transcript of Hiding Edith
By: Kathy Kacer
I believe that a theme for this book is to never give up hope.
This is a good theme for this book because Edith was afraid of her mother and sister's safety. Therese, her sister, and her mother Mutti went into hiding during the Holocaust.
Edith was also afraid for her own safety. She was nervous about the war never ending and that the Nazi's would figure out that there are Jewish children hiding all around Europe.
The protagonist is Edith Schwalb.
The Antagonist is the Nazi's.
The main conflict was resolved when Edith and Gaston were reunited with their mother and older sister. This happened after World War II ended; however, their father didn't return from the concentration camp. He survived the war, but American soldiers overfed starved Jewish people.
Imagery: language that emphasizes the sense and helps the reader see, hear, feel, smell, and taste things described in the work.
Metaphor: an implied comparison between unlike objects that does not use like or as.
Simile: a comparison using like or as.
Personification: applies human qualities to objects, ideas, or animals.
Foreshadowing: refers to clues given by the author that prepare readers for events that will happen in the story.
Hyperbole: is an exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis.
Irony: refers to the situation or event that is the opposite of what is or might be expected.
Paradox: A statement that appears to be self- contradictory or opposed to common sense; however, contains some degree of truth or validity.
Symbolism: the representation of ideas or things by symbols.
Flashback: an interruption in the chronological order of the story. Gives the reader scenes from events that occured earlier than those in the story.
Literary Elements Used:
Flashback: "She longed to be back in Brussels, or even Beaumont-de-Lomagne, reading stories with Therese or listening to the music that Mutti played on the record player."
Hyperbole: "You look a million miles away."
Imagery: "She could still hear the creak of his boots, and smell the odor of stale cigarette smoke."
Simile: "The girls were sitting on the school steps, listening to bombs exploding in the distance, like irregular muted thunder."
Metaphor: "Her heart pounded so loud that it seemed louder than the planes."
I would recommend this book to whoever enjoys reading historical novels, or about the Holocaust. It isn't very vulgar, unlike some Holocaust stories.
Edith can be described as being brave:
In one scene, Edith is approached by a Nazi soldier. The soldier asked her what her name was. She used the fake name she was given when she moved to the boarding school. She doesn't expose herself directly as being Jewish; however, she felt as if he knew she was, but he ignored it.
Edith can also be described as being strong:
Edith can be defined as being strong emotionally. In the beginning of the novel, her father was taken by Nazi's to a concentration camp. Then, her mother sent her and her little brother to a "safe house" for Jewish children in Moissac, France, while her mother and sister went into hiding. It was very hard for Edith to overcome these changes, especially when they all happened so fast.
Nazi Soldiers can be desribed as being heartless.
Nazi's destroyed Jewish businesses and property. They also arrested Jewish men for no reason other than for being Jewish. Jews lost their jobs and were not allowed to shop in stores.
Nazi's can also be described as intimidating.
Edith felt very terrified when the Nazi soldier approached her in a store. She described the soldier as being "tall, arms folded easily across his chest, and smelled of cigarette smoke." She was scared of him because her father was taken by a Nazi and she was afraid she would be too.
Mutti (Edith's Mother)
Most Exciting Part:
The most exciting part of the book was when Edith was living at the farm and saw the planes with Marianne and Martin. Edith was first thinking they were bombers again, but Marianne told her they were Allied planes. This was exciting because it meant that the war would soon be over and Edith's mother would come to get her.
Internal Conflict: Edith vs. Herself
~Edith felt guilty because she felt sad when her mother had to leave her when she visited. Most of the other children in Moissac never had a visit from their parents.
~Near the end of the novel, Edith felt guilty again when she saw Jews return from the concentration camps, "haunted and wasted-looking," and she was complaining in the book about her conditions, when these people's were worse.
External Conflict: Edith vs. Nazi's
~When a Nazi soldier approached her in the store, Edith felt scared because she thought he would figure out she was Jewish.