The Devil's Arithmetic Fabyan gonzalez

Literary Luminary April 19

  • ''You are a name, not a number. Never forget that name, whatever they tell you here. You will always be Chaya--life--to me.''
  • “Passover isn't about eating, Hannah," her mother began at last, sighing and pushing her fingers through her silver-streaked hair. "You could have fooled me," Hannah muttered.”
  • “We are all monsters" Hannah said. "Because we are letting it happen." She said it not as if she believed it but as she were to repeat something she had heard before.”
  • ''We all have such stories. It is a brutal arithmetic. But I-- I am alive. You are alive. As long as we breathe, we can see and hear. As long as we can remember, all those gone before are alive inside us.''
  • “But as the scissors snip-snapped through her hair and the razor shaved the rest, she realized with a sudden awful panic that she could no longer recall anything from the past. I cannot remember, she whispered to herself. I cannot remember. She's been shorn of memory as brutally as she'd been shorn of her hair, without permission, without reason... Gone, all gone, she thought again wildly, no longer even sure what was gone, what she was mourning.”
  • “Know, my son, that the enemy will always be with you. He will be in the shadow of your dreams and in your living flesh, for he is the other part of yourself. There will be times when he will surround you with walls of darkness. But remember always that your soul is secure to you, for your soul is entire, and that he cannot enter your soul, for your soul is part of god.''

Discussion Director April 19 Chaya Abramowicz

Connection Builder April 24....... Hannah is the girl who is taken back in time passed and takes the place of the protagonist, Chaya. Me and her are similar to the fact that we both are understanding and compassionate toward other people; she is no longer completely focused on herself and her own needs. As Hannah becomes to get used to life in the camps—hard work, hunger, and constant loss—she refuses to feel sorry for herself, as the old Hannah would have done. Rather, she follows her friend Rivka’s example and tries to help others. For example, she gives some of her bread to younger children, even though she’s hungry herself. In addition, with Rivka and Gitl, Hannah develops the kind of close relationships that can only exist in a far away world of extreme adversity.

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