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The Boy on the Wooden Box

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Transcript of The Boy on the Wooden Box

The Boy on the Wooden Box
By: Leon Leyson
Presentation By: Udhayanan Selvamurugan


The Boy on the Wooden Box
This book is about a boy named Leon Leyson, and how he survives the Holocaust.
Plot
As in all stories, this memoir written by Leon Leyson, has a plot.
A Writer Reveals his Thoughts, Feelings and Lessons Learned
Especially in a memoir a writer reveals his or her thoughts and feelings in writing.
A Writer Reveals his Thoughts, Feelings and Lessons Learned
Quote
A quote that supports the main idea is that,"...I had to act. I couldn't let this last opportunity disappear. I had no future in Płaszów. I might as well die attempting to be with my mother."
Theme
I believe that the theme of this book is to stick together.
Details/Figurative Language
A writer uses figurative language and details to bring a story to life.
Conclusion
Overall this is an inspiring great book to read, and also shows modern day people and people who have everything that they need and more, that there is more to the world then our community and how harsh conditions people face. Also, most importantly that not everybody has enough food or the basic rights or things that people need to survive. This also helps people understand that the world's history was not always merry. It helps people to understand World War 2 better, and most importantly, it shows people the value of our good life.
Cover Area
This book covers the time period of when Leon Leyson was in a very young age, abut 5 years old, to his death.
Focus Area
The book, although covers Leon Leyson's almost entire life, focuses on the time the Nazis took over and tortured him and his family, and every other jew, and took over the place he lived.
Quote
The quote that I said was important to theme ("...I had to act. I couldn't let this last opportunity disappear. I had no future in Płaszów. I might as well die attempting to be with my mother.") relates to theme because the theme is to always stick together, this quote shows how Leon Leyson desperately tried to be with his mother and tried to reunite with his mother.
Quote
This quote is important to the story because it shows how determined Leon Leyson was in getting together with his family.
Main Conflict
The main conflict of this story is the struggle between Leon Leyson and is family against survival, because after the Nazis slowly takeover and show their hatred toward the Jewish, Len Leyson and his family need to survive to avoid certain death. The main conflict is survival.
Climax or Turning point
The climax or turning point of this story is when Oskar Schindler says,"You are free," to the hundreds of workers that were in the factory that Schindler owned. That is the climax because it is where the story turns to the falling action.
Writer's Feelings
"I have replayed those minutes in my head countless times. We should have been better prepared. We should have had a hiding place and practiced to be ready for just such a situation. But the roundup happened to us as it did to so many others in the ghetto, without warning and with no time to prepare or react. The shock of Tsalig's arrest hadn't even begun to register when he was already gone. Seventy years later I can still see him in my mind's eye as the Nazis dragged him from the room." (Page: 95)
Writer's Feelings
At this moment I think the authhor feels guilty of what happened to Tsalig. I think the author feels as if it is his fault that his brother Tsalig was taken by the Nazis. The author keeps blaming himself for his brother or blames him and his family by saying,"we," as in ,"We should have been better prepared." The author feels very bad for what happened to his brother.
Figurative Language
One example of figurative language in the book The Boy on the Wooden Box is,"So not even scariest of fairy tales could have prepared me for the monsters I would confront just a few years later, the narrow escapes I would experience, or the hero, disguised as a monster himself who would save my life." This is an example of a metaphor comparing the Nazis to monsters. This quote means that Leon Leyson would meet the Nazis and escape bad situations and also meet a Nazi (Oskar Schindler)who would help him avoid certain death.
Figurative Language
On page 112 it says,"Stepping through those gates was like arriving at the innermost circle of hell." This type of figurative language is a simile. What the author is trying to say is that that place (Płaszów concentration camp) was so terrifying and so gory and terrible and inhuman that they were like hell, thus comparing Płaszów to hell.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Resolution
The resolution of this story is that the Nazis lost the war, resulting in Leon Leyson and his family's freedom. Leon Leyson and his family go to America to live a better life.
I think the life lesson that Leon Leyson (the author) learned is that,"...one person can stand up to evil and make a difference,"(Page 204). In page 205 it says,"Campbell said that a hero is an ordinary human being who does,'the best of things at the worst of times.' Oskar Schindler personifies that definition." I think that this is the lesson that the author learned because after all his experiences this is the most of all important thing Leon Leyson earned. After being a matured adult I think this is what Leon Leyson learned.
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