Analysis Of The Devil's Arithmetic

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The Devil’s Arithmetic, ADD jews to camps, SUBTRACT them from societies lives, MULTIPLY the Jewish problems, DIVIDE the existence of the Jewish population. Every kind of person Adolf Hitler hated when found, would have been tossed into a concentration camp. Those camps and facilities brutalized and shaped the survivors of the Holocaust the people know today. The novel of The Devil’s Arithmetic helps the world remember those events, more than the movie, from its describing of the choosing's, Hannah being called Chaya, and the representations of the numbers
The choosing's were a feature the world needs to know more about from the Holocaust through the novel version of The Devil’s Arithmetic. In the book, the place where every underaged child
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Even though some surviving prisoners were not named Chaya or knew a Chaya, they still needed life to live through the hardship of the Nazi camps. In the book, Jane Yolen includes a character named the badchan. At this point, he sings a song to Chaya, but it is really Hannah he is singing about. The badchan sang, “Pretty girl, with faraway eyes, / Why do you look with such surprise? / How did you get to be so wise, / Old girl in young-girl disguise. ‘That is you, Chaya!’ Gitl cried out from behind them.” The badchan is an interesting character from his ability to foresee many features of people. He saw through Chaya and saw young Hannah Stern’s spirit inside her, living life as if Hannah was apart of the Holocaust. The Directors of The Devil’s Arithmetic film may argue that Hannah played the role of Chaya. They are wrong because Chaya means life and not once was Hannah referred to as Chaya in the camps. An example from the script is, “You’ve been very sick, Hannah.” Furthermore, Gitl was not in the camps in the movie. Gitl was one of two survivors from the camp. She organized a charity for other survivors. Yolen wrote, “She called it after her young niece, who had died a hero in the camps: CHAYA. Life.” After Chaya died Gitl started to gain the confidence she would live past the camps, with life. The life she gained realizing when her niece, Chaya, …show more content…
Every person in the novel when around military men, especially the prisoners, had to address people by their number tattooed on people’s arms. Even the dead are known as numbers. The book states, “The child Tzipporah, J197242, lay silent in her arms.” This shows that the camps dehumanized people to the point that anyone, alive or dead, had to be addressed with a number, not a name. The number overtook the identity their names had. Filmmakers may argue that the numbers played a big role in the movie. They are wrong because the symbols tattooed on everyone's arm took place of their name. The Commandant and other Nazis addressed people as a lady, woman, man, or sir, which shows the world an incorrect function of a concentration camp. An example from the book is that the prisoners also called their peers by their numbers with their name, “You must find Sarah the Lubliner, J11177” Sarah, J11177 as the people in camps would have called her, was a medic that people went to in need of help, without having to go to the hospital. When prisoners went to the hospital for long periods of time it often meant death. They died because they were unable to

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