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For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

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Brittany Lawhead

on 12 January 2011

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for Freedom: The Story of a French Spy Author The author's name is Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. She "for Freedom: The Story of a French Spy" to tell the story of Suzanne David Hall, who was an actual spy for France in WWII. Even though this story is fiction, it tells Suzanne's tale. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a mother of two young children. They live on a farm in eastern Tennesse, in the foothills of the Appalacian
Mountians. Kimberly met Suzanne through her husband's co-worker who was Suzanne's daughter. Suzanne was not only the inspiration of the book, she gives this book a ringing of truth and depicts her life as a French spy. Setting Characters Plot Text to Connection Theme The story takes place in the town of Cherboug, France. Cherboug is located at the tip of a peninsula that is surrounded by the English Channel. Main Charcters Minor Charcters Yvette: Suzanne's best friend
Maman: Suzanne's mother
Papa: Suzanne's father
Etienne: Suzanne's oldest brother and was lame
Pierre: Suzanne's youngre brother Suzanne: A young girl who becomes an oprea singer and a French spy
Madame Marchelle: Suzanne's music teacher and the only person one of the oly people that know Suzanne is a spy.
Dr. Leclerc: The towns doctor but also one of the main coordinators of Cheorbourg's German resistence. He also the person that made Suzanne a spy. He fed information back to General de Gaulle in England for the Allies. Passage from the book: ) "My brothers, Pierre and Etienne, were fourteen and sixteen, too young to be soldiers; Etienne was lame as well. And I was studying to be an opera singer. I loved singing like nothing else." ( Bradley 2-3 ) This passage is from when Suzanne is describing her family at the beginning of the book. Persanol Critique General de Gaulle Cherbourg, France I believe that throughout this book, there was one reiterated theme: Never give up. This theme is illustrated withen the book many times. Since this book's time period as WWII, the French suffered many hardships. They were kicked out of thier homes and food became scarce. Alot of them, were often killed. But instead of giving up, Suzanne persued her opera career and also became a spy. Even when she was captured, she never broke down. She never gave up. Charcter Analysis I really enjoyed most of the characters in this book. The only charcters i despised were the Germans. They were cruel and indifferent, when it came to the French. My favorite character was Suzanne, because she followed her dreams, during the war, even when life was hard to bear. She was also extremely couragous and brave. She was young when she beacme a spy for France, but she still worked as hard as the expierenced spies. Passage from the book: "They never hit me or hurt me. They never screamed or shouted. They never let me get up from the chair again and they never stopped questioning me. I knew that moving water could wear away rock, and now I understood how. But you must be more than a rock, I told myself. You must be something that doesn't wear away. I was. I didn't cry. I didn't give in." (Brubaker 165-166) This segmant from the story regards when Suzanne gets taken in by the Germans, because they believe she is a spy. I really enjoyed the book. It greatly impressed me, because it not only kept me interested throughout, but was also informative about WWII. The book was like a suspenseful roller coaster of twists and thrills. I highly recommend to anyone. My text to connection was a text to self connection. Since the theme of the book was: Never give up, i chose a recent moment in my life when i didn't give up. My parents bought me a car with stick-shift for my 16th birthday, but I had no idea how to drive it. I can't even remember how many hours i spent in the car, but I never gave up. Now I can drive a stick-shift with no problem. I just had to remember to never give up. The story begins at Suzanne and Yvette's convent school in Cherbourg, France, during WWII. They aske to study at Place Napoleon, near the beach, and are granted the permission. When the girls got to the beach, thier whole world exploded, literally. That day was the day that the Germans started to bomb France. Suzanne and Yvette got a little scratched up, but otherwise were fine. What scarred the girls the most, was the sight of one of the girl's friends, whose head was detached from her body. Yvette goes into a state of shock, but Suzanne just gets angry. As the war progresses, conditions in Cherbourg worsen. Soon, the Germans completly take over the town. Suzanne and her family get kicked out of theier homes with what little they can carry, and are left in the street. They begin to live at a friend's house until they find a cheap house that they can stay in. Suzanne graduates the covent and tries out at the opera house there. Suzanne loves to sing. She becoms the opera house's lead opera singer. She also becomes a spy for the nice Dr. Leclerc. He notices her bravery and recruits her to be the spy 22, or the 22nd spy in Cherbourg. I believe that there are two climaxes in this story. The first climax is when Suzanne is asked to sing at the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris. She does well, but when she gets back, Suzanne is overwhelmed by the sheer number of notes that she must deliver to the other spies. It started getting harder and harder to blend in and not attract attention. Then, on a Tuesday in June, Suzanne gets taken by the Germans. After the Germans get Suzanne to the jail, the search her and take all of her belongings. Then they start to question her. The questioning continued for three days, until on the third day, all of the Germans left Cherboug: The allies had landed on the beaches near Cherboug. Of the twenty-two spies in Cherbourg, there were only two left: Suzanne-22 and and Spy 14. The Allies liberated Cherbourg five days after Suzanne left the jail. Her family was so glad to have her back. After she told them everything, most of them were just stunned, but her father was proud, His daughter was a French spy. That September, Suzanne recieved the Croix de Lorraine in Paris from General de Gaulle himself. The Croix was a medal given to those who fought in the French Resistence. Yvette never rcoved from her shock on that horrific day, but Suzanne recovered and helped her country. Suzanne never gave up. Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Plot Ananlysis The plot of the book was well thouht out and kept me interested in the book from beginning to end. I liked and disliked the end of the story, because I liked how she got the medala dn told her family the truth, but I didn't like how many people died at the end. It was really sad. There weren't really any central conflicts in the book, except for the war between Germany and France. Passage from the book: "The door of the shop slammed open. Madame Marcelle screamed. I jumped up, nearly knocking over the chair. A group of German solidiers burst into the shop. Six of them - one was an officer. They raised thier guns and pointed them at me." (Brubaker 160) This is a passage from the climax of the story, when the Germans came and took Suzanne away. By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Prezi By; Brittany Lawhead Literary Elements Foreshadowing There is alot of forshadowing in this book. One good example of forshadowing, is when Suzanne notices that a local cab driver's car has been parked in front of the man's house for more than week. This is crucial, because driving the cab was the man's livelihood and how he obtained his income. This passage forsadowed that something bad had happened to the cab driver and his family. Symbolism There are a few instances where the author uses symbolism. One such instance was when Pierre came home from work with three pencils in his shirt pocket. What makes this symbolic was not the pencils themselves, but the fact that they were blue, red, and white which are the colors of the French flag.
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