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All the Light We Cannot See

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Anna Kucera

on 1 December 2015

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Transcript of All the Light We Cannot See

: She is a blind girl who lived in Paris, but when the war started she and her father had to move to Saint-Malo and live with her uncle and aunt. She is one of the main characters that you see grow up throughout this novel.
Werner Pfenning:
He is an orphan who, lives with his sister in an orphanage in Zollverein, Germany. He is very smart, loves to build radios and at the age of 14 is accepted to on of the most prestegious schools in Germany at the time. At the school he builds radios as an assistant to a professor. Later during the war he is taken from the school and sent to the field to detect foreign radios, with Volkheimer. Eventually he ends up in Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure.
Sergeant Major Reinhold von Rumpel:
He is a rich German army man who appraises painting and jewelry. He has cancer and seeks the Sea of Flames so that he will live forever.
Main Characters
This Novel has many settings as you see Marie-Laure grow up in France and Werner Penning grow up in Germany, both are on opposite sides as the Second World War is taking place. At the same time Sergeant Major von Rumpel is looking for the Sea of Flames.
The novel Starts with the Seige of Saint-Malo in 1944 and then goes to a flash back when;
They are small children in 1934, Marie-Laure in Paris and Werner in Zollverein
Then the novel progresses through the Second World War where Marie-Laure's, Werner's and von Rumpel's stories intertwine
The novel then continues up until 2014
Themes and Quotes

Duty vs. What is right:

The choice of doing what is right verses doing your duty is a major theme in this novel. Werner is often battling between doing his duty as part of the Nazis army and being a good person. This is evident when the author writes, "Werner is succeeding. He is being loyal. He is being what everybody agrees is good. And yet everytime he wakes and buttons his tunic, he feels he is betraying something"(Doerr 250). In this quote Werner begins to wonder wether doing his duty is the right thing and displays a moral conflict within himself. Werner's sister has always cared about doing the right thing, when he was leaving for the school, she said, "is it right to do something only because everyone else is doing it?"(Doerr 133). This is a question that Werner thinks about during much of the time he is at the shool and fighting for the Nazis at the front. Much later, he says, "Jutta... I finally listened"(Doerr475). After meeting Marie-Laure and defying the German army in order to save her, he ralizes that what his sister said was true.
Marie Laure:
Marie-Laure has a similar but different conflict. In Saint-Malo the Germans have taken over and her aunt wants to help the resistance effort, but realizes that it is very dangerous. However she decides to help the resistance, because she said, "Doing nothing is as good as collaborating"(Doerr 269).In this quote Marie-Laure and her aunt realize that they must do the right thing even though it is dangerous.
Presentation By: Anna Kucera
All the Light We Cannot See
By: Anthony Doerr

Main Plot Events
Minor Characters
He is a boy who was at the school Werner attended. Later he was the leader of Werner's unit when Werner worked in the field finding illegal radios for the Nazis.
He was Werner's friend at the School. He was hated by everyone and eventually some boys beat him up, broke his jaw and caused brain trauma, from which he never recovered.
Daniel LeBlanc:
Marie-Laure's Father who worked as a locksmith at a Paris Museum. He was always building puzzle boxes for Marie-Laure and since she was blind he built her a model of the city so she could find her way around. He put the Sea of Flames in one of the models he build her and hid it in a puzzle box shaped like their house. He captured by the Germans on alleged conspiracy charges and died in a prisoner of war camp.

Jutta Pfenning:
Werner's younger sister who Werner always thought about when making moral choices. Jutta always told Werner that what the Nazis were doing was wrong and he did not believe her, until it was almost to late.
Frau Elena:
The director at the orphanage where Werner and Jutta lived after there parents died in a mining accident. She always believed in Werner and hoped that one day he would achieve something great.
Etienne LeBlanc:
Marie-laure's uncle who is considered to have gone crazy after the first world war. She stays at his house in Saint-Malo with her father, when the war starts. He broadcasted illegal things on a hidden radio that Werner eventually tracks down.
Madame Manec:
Marie-Laure's aunt who lives with her uncle in Saint-Malo. She is an excellent cook and resistance figher. She dies of pneumonia before the war ends.

A professor at the school Werner attends. He sees that Werner is good with radio's and recruits Werner to work for him building radios and finding illegal radios.
Claude Levitte:
He is a baker in Saint-Malo that betrays Eitenne and Marie-Laur, by telling von Rumpel that they have the Sea of Flames.
Marie- Laure
Werner Pfenning
Reinhold Von Rumpel

June 1940

January 1941

August 1942

August 1944

Before and During the War
After the War
Would I recommend this Book
YES! It was a great book and I woud definitely recommend it, but if you do not like sad endings then I would not suggest you read it. The themes were really interesting and nicely tied the plot together. I also thought that the way the author had three separate plots and then had them come together gave the story more depth.
She lives in Paris and never married but has a daughter. She has a PhD and works for the museum where her father worked.
The Sea of Flames
The Sea of Flames is an essential element to the plot of the story.
The Sea of Flames is the largest diamond in Europe and is blue with read at the center
It was said that the Goddess of Earth made it for the God of the Sea, and sent it to him by river, but a prince picked it up from the river and decided to keep it
It was passed down through many people and eventually got to the museum where Marie-Laure's Father worked as a locksmith
When the war started the museum made three fake diamonds that looked identical to the Sea of Flames
Two of the fakes and the real diamond were taken by various people throughout Europe and a fake was left at the museum
*Spoiler Alert*

Marie-Laure's Father was carrying the real diamond to Saint-Malo
Reinhold von Rumpel wants the Sea of Flames and spends years trying to track it down
It was said that whoever has the diamond will live forever, but all their loved ones will be cursed and misfortunes will fall on each of them
It was also said the if the Stone is thrown into the Sea the curse will be lifted
She goes blind
Lives with his sister at orphanage, builds radio then destroys it
Paris is attacked. Her father and her go to Saint-Malo to live with her uncle
Admitted to Schulpforta School for gifted boys, helps his professor build radios
Goes to Paris museum and looks for Sea of Flames, finds a fake
Her father is captured and Madame Manec dies
Fredrick gets badly injured at the school. They change Werner's age and send him to the front.
Finds out he has cancer, continues to look for the diamond
Helps the resistance effort in Saint-Malo
Detects illegal radios with his team, gets assigned to go to Saint-Malo
Finds the second and third fake diamond, sets out to Saint-Malo to find the real diamond
Marie-Laure lives in Paris, talks with her grandson, and remembers the war
More Themes and QUotes
Victims of Circumstance
: Both Werner and Marie-Laure are victims of circumstance. Marie laurie once said that, "When I lost my sight, Werner, people said I was brave. When my father left, people said I was brave. But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Dont you do the same?"(Doerr 469). Marie-Laure is saying that everything that has happened is just the circumstances and that they can do nothing to change that. Werner also has the same problem, he realizes this when Fredrick says, "Your problem Werner is that you still believe you own your life"(Doerr 223). On of the main circumstances that both Marie-Laure and Werner are in is the Second World War. If the war had not been taking place none of the characters would be in the situations they were in, Werner may have never met Marie-Laure and if there was no war the plot would have differed greatly.

Romance that never happened:
While romance was not a prominent theme is the book, as Werner and Marie-Laure only met for one day and never saw each other again, i was still essential to the book. In 1974, when Volhemer goes to meet Jutta he says that Werner was in love with Marie-Laure. Because Werner "loved" Marie-Laurie he defied his duties, did not turn her in for the illegal radio, and killed Reinhold von Rumpel to save her. The first time Werner ever did anything against the Nazis was when he met her. Marie-Laure made him choose doing the right thing over his duty, which ties in with the main theme.
Lives with her Son and Husband in Germany, is a professor at a school. Goes to visit Marie Laure in Paris to talk about Werner.
Likes in Germany, works as a TV repair man, never married and doesnt have children, goes to talk to Jutta about Werner
Her uncle is taken prsoner by the Germans, During the Siege of Saint-Malo, Marie-Laure is hiding in her attic with Von Rumpel seaching the bottom floors for the Sea of Flames, she broadcasts on her radio that she needs help
Trapped underground with a radio during the seige of Saint-Malo, heres Marie-Laure's Broadcast, escapes and goes to save her
Searching Marie-Laure's house when Werner comes in and shoots him
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