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I Have Lived a Thousand Years- Literary Elements

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Lauren Thompson

on 13 April 2013

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Transcript of I Have Lived a Thousand Years- Literary Elements

I Have Lived a Thousand Years
By Livia Bitton-Jackson Made by Lauren This has to do with the tone because the author was shocked and horrified by the announcement of having to wear a yellow star on her clothes. This also relates to the mood because, it makes the reader feel like this was negative news but very important to the start of the holocaust. "The syllables erupted like bullets from a pistol."
Simile, Page 29 The tone of this sentence is that she has seen so much and has been through many struggles that a person of her age shouldn't of had to go through. This makes the reader feel like the holocaust had a enormous affect of those involved and the details would always be in their mind forever. "I am fourteen years old, and I have lived a thousand years."
Hyperbole, Page 205 This literary element makes the reader feel like the SS were not only cruel in personality but also cruel looking. The author is very scared and intimidated seeing them for the first time. She knew they weren't going to question hurting her. "The SS don't look human.Their faces aren't faces, they are grim masks. And their voices are angry barks."
Metaphor, Page 69 This sentence puts a hole in the readers heart, it makes you feel depressed yet angry. It makes you question why this was allowed to happen and what kind of person would take away a precious life so easily. "I never saw Aunt Serena again."
Foreshadowing, Page 74 "But they are also stories of faith, hope, triumph, and love. They are also stories of perseverance, loyalty, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and never giving up. My story is my message: Never give up."
Theme, Page 11 "I definitely look more ridiculous than most girls. My extremely fair complexion responded to the fierce sun by sprouting large blisters ringed with red on my nose, my cheekbones, and the back of my neck. My ears look enormous because of towering blisters on my earlobes. I look like a clown. A mass of pus sores around my cracked lips make, me look as if I'm wearing a perpetual grin stretching to my ears."
Imagery, Page 96 "I can still hear Daddy's firm, light footsteps next to me in the grass as we hurry for a quick swim in our river. I can hear Mommy's cheerful clatter, Aunt Serena's soft singing far behind us. I can see Bubi and his friends striding ahead with fishing gear, partially swallowed up by the tall grass."
Flashback, Page 212 "My mother, the finicky lady who had been reluctant to eat in restaurants, and even in friends' houses, for fear the vegetables, or hands, were not washed thoroughly enough; who baked, not only cookies and cakes, but even our daily bread at home, for fear the flour in bakery goods had not been carefully sifted, now is glaring at me."
Characterization, Page 103 "The fire is dancing a bizarre dance of death with one large scroll in the middle, twisting in an embrace of cruel passion."
Personification, Page 59 "So this is liberation. It's come. I am fourteen years old, and I have lived a thousand years. I am numb with cold. With hunger. With death and blood, and the rattle of the train rolling on and on. . . . Freedom, at last. Why don't I feel it? Why don't I feel it?"
Resolution. Page 205 The theme of this entire story is to never give up, the author says it at the very beginning to let the readers know that through all the hard times she never lost faith. This quote makes me feel like if she can never give up through all that, that I can deal with whatever is going on in my life. The author feels like the conditions she is in has caused her physical features to not even look like the old her. I feel anger when I read these sentences because it is so wrong in many ways to do this to any human beings. The author portrays depression but still feels joy by the cheerful memories she had with her family. Even though her father was killed, she can still over come that and feel happiness when she remembers him. This makes me feel like a person would do anything to survive and personalities can change completely. The author is in shock of how her mother is acting, like its a whole different person. The author did not believe what she saw, the Germans were burning Jewish scrolls. This has to do with the theme because everything was taken away from her, and other Jews, but she still persevered. The author feels like it should have been such a joyous moment, but it wasn't. Just because she was liberated didn't change what was done to her. Relating to the theme, by never giving up she obtained her goal of freedom.
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