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Between Shades Of Gray

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Transcript of Between Shades Of Gray

Between Shades Of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

Period three, Mrs. Kimball
Time Book covers:
begins at 1941
Historical Events During Time Period
January 2: World War II- German bombing
January 6: President Franklin Roosevelt gives "4 Freedoms" Speech
January 9: 6,000 Jews put to death in pogrom in Romania
February 13: Nazi leaders attack Dutch/Jewish council
June 22: Germany+Italy+Romania declare war on Soviet Union
June 22: Lithuanian independence begins
June 24: All Jewish males executed in Lithuania
Lithuanian Culture
Historical Significance
during World War 2 - 1941
began in Lithuania
traveled to eastern Russia
Most Lithuanians marry in 20's
small families normal
Mothers = important role
Most Lithuanians Roman Catholic
Lithuanian Beliefs
Important People
In the Time Period
Soviets deported non-Soviets to Siberia
Sunni Islam
Franklin Roosevelt
Soviet Union
Lithuanian Rituals
Entertainment and Housing
Education in Lithuania
second religion is Russian Orthodox
The Soviets came into Russia
odd number of flowers = popular gift
assigned dining seats
society revolves around family
one family per household
not significantly crowded
many wealthy families
while nazis and Russians invaded, living conditions were poor
All Saints Day
St John's Day
The Fire Ritual
two types of high education
universities+high institutions
both had same type of education+admission+good qualifications
graduates rewarded with diplomas
School was usually 5 years
some were 4 or 4.5 yrs
medicine- 6 years

Nazis attack Jews, many die
Why the Author Wrote This Book
written by Ruta Sepetys
based on family history in Lithuania
Lina Vilkas
she is a fictional character
she is 15 when taken
Lina is round+dynamic
she is optimistic- believes they would get out of there and meet her father again
scared- doesn't want her family or her to be killed
honey color for hair+blue eyes
Name is Elena Vilkas
Lost husband
generous and understanding
got very thin
Jonas Vilkas
setting: affects charcter a lot-the cold weather+no food+no houses+ water from rain
motivation- to get out of the prison+be with her papa again
time period- NKVD makes her life hard
needs to get nutrients for life for herself+family
many Lithuanians were forced to work by NKVD
women wore
fashion to go with time period
men wore
short h-bar pants
knee socks
long stockings
a fictional character
innocent and kind of unaware of what's happening
kind and sweet

11 years old
afraid to leave Lithuania
grows stronger throughout the book (dynamic character)
sister is the main character (Lina Vilkas)
still needs his mother's support
ends 1954

" 'I'll warm you, Mother,' said Jonas, kissing her cheek.''
- shows how sweet kind and generous Jonas is
- trying to warm his sick mother in the freezing cold even when he needs to be warmed
- sacrificed his warmth
Life Lessons
quote 1-
"He laughed, grabbed my arm, and dragged me toward the kolkhoz office. What had I just agreed to?" (page 172)
entire book nobody knows whats going to happen
afraid of everything because not certain if its good or bad
Lina scared about whats going to happen
quote 2-
"It was understood that if someone was brave enough to steal it, it was there. A man in group 26 got caught stealing wood. They sentenced him an additional five years. Five years for one log." (page 323)
Lina going to steal wood-knew could get more years of imprisonment
brave to get it to survive
Age: unknown
Dynamic and round
Honey hair
Usually thin
Camp causes Elena to be too kind
Possibilities motivate
Andrius Arvydas
life now hard and horrible due to wars
learns never give up and the importance of generosity
Makes sense?
Some actions questionable
truly starving, would not give up rations
would not dare steal a pen

Would kill bald man
Andrius smoking in public?
Lina giving drawings
Works Cited
"Characters." Between Shades of Gray. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.
"Lithuania - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette." Lithuania. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.
"Programm for Improving the Integration of Academicians and Scientists from the Third-countries in Lithuania." Customs of Lithuania. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.
"True Lithuania Sights, Cities, Culture, History and More." True Lithuania. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.

Lola's bibliography

"A wrongdoing doesn't give us the right to do wrong."
theme of forgiveness and giving without knowing the outcome

learned to survive with little food
learned to cope with loss
knew he had to keep mother alive
could not anger an officer
desperate for food
needed to adapt to new life
" 'Maybe you don't really want to die, ' said Jonas. 'Maybe you just think you deserve to. ' "
stay positive in the worst moments
don't give up
love overcomes many obstacles
do anything for your family- one day they won't be there
be brave
shows Jonas as
-caring to notice
-pays attention to others
-understands how people think
- notices he is too afraid to die
“You stand for what is right, Lina, without the expectation of gratitude or reward.”
prove the theme of giving without further knowledge
"Historical Events for Year 1941 - HistoryOrb.com." HistoryOrb.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
"Between Shades of Gray." Between Shades of Gray. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
"General Education." General Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
My Sources
her grandfather was taken by Soviets
wanted to write story to honor everyone who went through it
also wanted to write about the power of love and patriotism
( page: 311)
(page: 323)
a little shorter skirts
thick soled platformed shoes
bright lipstick/headwear
shows theme of doing everything for family
and being brave
shows theme of overcoming fears
Life lessons:
important to follow the things and people you care about
important to make sacrifices
don't give up on things or people, even if it becomes difficult
"Don't give them anything Lina, not even your fear."
contributes to theme of staying true to
learns that not everything is easy
can still get through hard times with those you love
“I’ll see you, just think about that. Just think about me bringing you your drawings. Picture it, because I’ll be there.”
contributes to theme of never giving up on
people, especially when it becomes difficult
life lessons-
learned to be optimistic
learned to not judge a book by its cover
My Sources
"From War to Peace. The Fashion of the 1940s and 1950s | Vilnius Events Mosaic - Events." From War to Peace. The Fashion of the 1940s and 1950s | Vilnius Events Mosaic - Events. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2015.
17 years old
dark haired ,tall, strong, handsome
selfless: stealing food for Jonas and Lina sacrificing himself
emotionally strong: dealt with losing father, knowing mother's unfortunate living situation.
Andrius Arvydas
"Between Shades of Gray." Official Book Website for by Ruta Sepetys. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2015.
"Exiled to Siberia; A Polish Child's WWII Journey." Exiled to Siberia; A Polish Child's WWII Journey. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2015.
"ABOUT." The Official Website of Author Ruta E Sepetys. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.
"Lithuania." N Boys Wear. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
Could this happen today?
blue eyes
could not happen today
violent and illegal
would be stopped immediately
Lina's family and Andrius could exist as regular people living in Lithuania
some actions okay
Emily Salvay
Lola Case
Maddie Bennett
Kashish Singh
Thanks for watching!
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