Miri Alnakkoud Period

Miri Alnakkoud
Period:1
Novel Analysis
Plot summary:
In the beginning of the book, Irene talked about how her parents met. When Irene was a baby, she almost died because she got very close to the river. When her teenage years had begun, she took a German class in high school. She always saw herself saving lives, sacrificing for others. When she graduated from high school, she got accepted into the nursing school of St. Mary’s hospital, in Radom.

When she returned home for the summer at the end of her first year, she found kozlowa Gora had changed. Many of her neighbors had become German, renouncing their polish heritage, speaking only German, admiring the policies of Hitler and his national socialist party. Germany viewed Poland as the land of Slavic brutes, fit only for labor. Hitler wanted to destroy them. She decided to fight for her country.

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After two years of being away from her family, Irene returned to Poland to live with her family again. Weeks later, the Germans took her dad because he had all the knowledge about the ceramics factory. Months later, Irene was taken away, and forced to work. She started working in a factory. Weeks later, she started working as the major’s housekeeper. During her time there, she met few Jews prisoners in the ghetto. She hid them in the basement for few months. Later, the major found the Jews, and her punishment was becoming his mistress. Irene saved the life of 12 Jews.

Character Diagram:

Brief summary of each character:
Maria Rebies (aka Mamusia) is Irene’s mother.
Wladyslaw Gut (aka Tatus) is Irene’s father.
Irene Gutowna- called Irusha by Dr. David/ Called Rachel Meyer by Miriam.
Janina, Marysia, Bronia, Wladzia- Irene’s sisters.
Grandma Rebies taught Irene an old custom.
Aunt Helen-Irene’s aunt-Irene lived with her for a while.
Peter- shows up in uniform- gives Irena a letter from her mom (sisters are slave).
Lalka is Irene’s dog.
Myszka- dog that saved Irena.
Dr. David- Ukrainian Pole-head of surgery-worked at the hospital.
Dr. Ksydzof-took over the hospital-worked with Irena at the hospital-mean man, tried to rape Irena.
Galla and Maruszka- worked with Irena at Hospital-they taught her Russian.
Herr Schultz- he’s German. He was the Major’s chef.
Major Rugemer- Irena worked as his housekeeper.
Rokita- commander of SS- handsome but mean.
Father Joseph- a catholic priest Irena respected and honored him.
Miriam- Dr. David’s friend in Svetlana. Miriam worked infirmary.
The Jews- 10 people hid in the basement, Irena helped them survive.
Hitler- takes over for Hindenburg-becomes Fuhrer.

Setting:
1934 – Irena in high school, not worried about politics.
1938-studying in Radom, Poland.
1944 – Irena as Rugemer’s housekeeper.

Main theme/idea:
The main idea the most important thought of the text. The main idea of “In my hands”is to convince young teens that they can make a difference, that they have the power to fight against evil. Irena was just seventeen when the war began: a student nurse, a good catholic girl, a Polish patriot. As the war progressed, the soldiers of two countries stripped her of all she loved-her family, her home, her innocence.

The second main idea is braveness. Irena is not an ordinary teenage girl. Irena is a hero. We all can stand by and watch people being humiliated. Few people will stand up for what it right. We want goodness for each other. Not everyone has the power change this judgemental world. This powerless young woman was determined to deliver her friends from evil. It was simple and as impossible as that.
The third main idea is making choices. Choices are important. We make choices every day of our life. Choices can be thoughtful or thoughtless. It all depends on the person’s mind and beliefs. We have the power to change the world just by the choices we make. Irena made a lot of choices during her journey. She had the choice to mind her business and live a joyful life with her family, but she didn’t make that choice, instead, she made a choice to risk her life by saving some of her Jewish friends. Irena made the right choice, and now she is known as a Holocaust rescuer.

Main symbols:
The main symbols of ” In my hands” represent important things during her journey. For example, birds represent freedom because they can fly away from their cages. Prisoners in the ghetto were described as birds trapped in cages (aka prison). Lilacs are purple which represent power, independent, nobility, peace in literature. Irena received lilacs as a gift from her sister, and Irene said ” lilacs remind me of my childhood”. Her childhood was peaceful, joyful, and filled with love. Another example, Light represent goodness. Light represents that Irena is risking her life for goodness in people’s life.

Similes:
Overhead were stars, thousands of stars like a field of Snowdrops in spring(33).
Explanation: she is comparing the stars over her head to a field of Snowdrops in spring.
2. We were like animals, scavenging to survive(32).
Explanation: she was living like an animal that scavenge for its survival.
3. I pulled myself painfully up in bed, holding myself like a sheet of glass(37).
Explanation: she pulled herself up in bed without getting hurt.

Metaphors:
1. Rokita said,”What an old dog you are”(122).
Explanation: Rokita is comparing the major to an old dog.
2. A spider creeping towards a fly(139).
Explanation: she is comparing Rokita to a spider that can kill her sister
3. I might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb(143). Explanation: she is saying that she will be dead. After all, her actions won’t be the worst reason to die.

Personifications:
1. The sun was bleeding in western hills(26).
Explanation: she is telling us that a lot of people were dying in the western hills.
2. The rushing water spoke to me through the open windows(7).
Explanation: she was amazed by the view of the water.
3. Making me head swim and making me close my eyes even tighter(24).
Explanation: her head was spinning during the car ride, making her close her eyes.

Tone:
Irena was afraid, worried, heroic during many events in the story. She was afraid because she didn’t want the major to find the Jews. Irena was worried about how she will reunite with her family. Gut was feeling heroic because she had 12 people’s life in her hands. The feelings she felt were concealed by her pretty face, and she still managed to keep secrets and surviving the Holocaust.

Mood:
I was worried, speechless, angry. I was worried about Irena and the Jews. I wanted to continue reading until I reached the end of the book. Her story is very interesting, but I was extremely worried about future events. I was speechless at some point in the story. There are no words to describe how I felt about certain situations with the soldiers of the two countries. I was angry about how Rokita was acting during the party at Rugemer’s house. That man made me feel angry just by reading about the horrible things he achieved during the war.

Irony:
Irony is when there is an unexpected twist in the story. For example, when Irena met Janek and fell in love at first sight. I thought she was going to marry him, and will live happily ever after. This is when the unexpected twist happened. On their wedding day, Janek was killed in an ambush in the forest. I was crying in the middle of class. I couldn’t control my tears from falling. Love stories make my heart melt. This unexpected twist made my heartache.

Point of view:
We read the story of Irene’s point of view. Some stories include many people’s point of view. For example, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is one of the many books with many people’s point of view. Irene’s story is great, but it would more interesting if we find out what other people think of Irene during the Holocaust. For example, what does Rugemer think? What does Rokita think? I would like to know their opinions as well.

Antagonist / Protagonist:
Antagonist is the evil character of the story. Protagonist is the good character of the story. In Irene’s story, Rokita is considered an antagonist. He did many horrible things to the Jews in the ghetto. He is a very powerful and dangerous man. Irene told Janina that it was not safe to have him interested in her. Irene is considered a protagonist. She did many risky things to make sure her Jewish friends were in a safe place. Irene acted innocent and powerless to not draw attention towards herself.

Diction:
Diction is a word choice. Irene uses a lot of Polish and German words throughout the story. For example, Irena uses “Mamusia” and “Tatus” referring to her mother and father. The German officers always called Irene”Fräulein Gut.”Fräulein Gut means”Ms.Gut” in English. Irene’s final message to the readers is “Z Bogiem.”Z Bogiem is Polish for”go with god.”Irene is such a beautiful soul, no matter what language she speaks.

Miri Alnakkoud
Period:1
Novel Analysis
Plot summary:
In the beginning of the book, Irene talked about how her parents met. When Irene was a baby, she almost died because she got very close to the river. When her teenage years had begun, she took a German class in high school. She always saw herself saving lives, sacrificing for others. When she graduated from high school, she got accepted into the nursing school of St. Mary’s hospital, in Radom.

When she returned home for the summer at the end of her first year, she found kozlowa Gora had changed. Many of her neighbors had become German, renouncing their polish heritage, speaking only German, admiring the policies of Hitler and his national socialist party. Germany viewed Poland as the land of Slavic brutes, fit only for labor. Hitler wanted to destroy them. She decided to fight for her country.

After two years of being away from her family, Irene returned to Poland to live with her family again. Weeks later, the Germans took her dad because he had all the knowledge about the ceramics factory. Months later, Irene was taken away, and forced to work. She started working in a factory. Weeks later, she started working as the major’s housekeeper. During her time there, she met few Jews prisoners in the ghetto. She hid them in the basement for few months. Later, the major found the Jews, and her punishment was becoming his mistress. Irene saved the life of 12 Jews.

Character Diagram:

Brief summary of each character:
Maria Rebies (aka Mamusia) is Irene’s mother.
Wladyslaw Gut (aka Tatus) is Irene’s father.
Irene Gutowna- called Irusha by Dr. David/ Called Rachel Meyer by Miriam.
Janina, Marysia, Bronia, Wladzia- Irene’s sisters.
Grandma Rebies taught Irene an old custom.
Aunt Helen-Irene’s aunt-Irene lived with her for a while.
Peter- shows up in uniform- gives Irena a letter from her mom (sisters are slave).
Lalka is Irene’s dog.
Myszka- dog that saved Irena.
Dr. David- Ukrainian Pole-head of surgery-worked at the hospital.
Dr. Ksydzof-took over the hospital-worked with Irena at the hospital-mean man, tried to rape Irena.
Galla and Maruszka- worked with Irena at Hospital-they taught her Russian.
Herr Schultz- he’s German. He was the Major’s chef.
Major Rugemer- Irena worked as his housekeeper.
Rokita- commander of SS- handsome but mean.
Father Joseph- a catholic priest Irena respected and honored him.
Miriam- Dr. David’s friend in Svetlana. Miriam worked infirmary.
The Jews- 10 people hid in the basement, Irena helped them survive.
Hitler- takes over for Hindenburg-becomes Fuhrer.

Setting:
1934 – Irena in high school, not worried about politics.
1938-studying in Radom, Poland.
1944 – Irena as Rugemer’s housekeeper.

Main theme/idea:
The main idea the most important thought of the text. The main idea of “In my hands”is to convince young teens that they can make a difference, that they have the power to fight against evil. Irena was just seventeen when the war began: a student nurse, a good catholic girl, a Polish patriot. As the war progressed, the soldiers of two countries stripped her of all she loved-her family, her home, her innocence.

The second main idea is braveness. Irena is not an ordinary teenage girl. Irena is a hero. We all can stand by and watch people being humiliated. Few people will stand up for what it right. We want goodness for each other. Not everyone has the power change this judgemental world. This powerless young woman was determined to deliver her friends from evil. It was simple and as impossible as that.
The third main idea is making choices. Choices are important. We make choices every day of our life. Choices can be thoughtful or thoughtless. It all depends on the person’s mind and beliefs. We have the power to change the world just by the choices we make. Irena made a lot of choices during her journey. She had the choice to mind her business and live a joyful life with her family, but she didn’t make that choice, instead, she made a choice to risk her life by saving some of her Jewish friends. Irena made the right choice, and now she is known as a Holocaust rescuer.

Main symbols:
The main symbols of ” In my hands” represent important things during her journey. For example, birds represent freedom because they can fly away from their cages. Prisoners in the ghetto were described as birds trapped in cages (aka prison). Lilacs are purple which represent power, independent, nobility, peace in literature. Irena received lilacs as a gift from her sister, and Irene said ” lilacs remind me of my childhood”. Her childhood was peaceful, joyful, and filled with love. Another example, Light represent goodness. Light represents that Irena is risking her life for goodness in people’s life.

Similes:
Overhead were stars, thousands of stars like a field of Snowdrops in spring(33).
Explanation: she is comparing the stars over her head to a field of Snowdrops in spring.
2. We were like animals, scavenging to survive(32).
Explanation: she was living like an animal that scavenge for its survival.
3. I pulled myself painfully up in bed, holding myself like a sheet of glass(37).
Explanation: she pulled herself up in bed without getting hurt.

Metaphors:
1. Rokita said,”What an old dog you are”(122).
Explanation: Rokita is comparing the major to an old dog.
2. A spider creeping towards a fly(139).
Explanation: she is comparing Rokita to a spider that can kill her sister
3. I might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb(143). Explanation: she is saying that she will be dead. After all, her actions won’t be the worst reason to die.

Personifications:
1. The sun was bleeding in western hills(26).
Explanation: she is telling us that a lot of people were dying in the western hills.
2. The rushing water spoke to me through the open windows(7).
Explanation: she was amazed by the view of the water.
3. Making me head swim and making me close my eyes even tighter(24).
Explanation: her head was spinning during the car ride, making her close her eyes.

Tone:
Irena was afraid, worried, heroic during many events in the story. She was afraid because she didn’t want the major to find the Jews. Irena was worried about how she will reunite with her family. Gut was feeling heroic because she had 12 people’s life in her hands. The feelings she felt were concealed by her pretty face, and she still managed to keep secrets and surviving the Holocaust.

Mood:
I was worried, speechless, angry. I was worried about Irena and the Jews. I wanted to continue reading until I reached the end of the book. Her story is very interesting, but I was extremely worried about future events. I was speechless at some point in the story. There are no words to describe how I felt about certain situations with the soldiers of the two countries. I was angry about how Rokita was acting during the party at Rugemer’s house. That man made me feel angry just by reading about the horrible things he achieved during the war.

Irony:
Irony is when there is an unexpected twist in the story. For example, when Irena met Janek and fell in love at first sight. I thought she was going to marry him, and will live happily ever after. This is when the unexpected twist happened. On their wedding day, Janek was killed in an ambush in the forest. I was crying in the middle of class. I couldn’t control my tears from falling. Love stories make my heart melt. This unexpected twist made my heartache.

Point of view:
We read the story of Irene’s point of view. Some stories include many people’s point of view. For example, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is one of the many books with many people’s point of view. Irene’s story is great, but it would more interesting if we find out what other people think of Irene during the Holocaust. For example, what does Rugemer think? What does Rokita think? I would like to know their opinions as well.

Antagonist / Protagonist:
Antagonist is the evil character of the story. Protagonist is the good character of the story. In Irene’s story, Rokita is considered an antagonist. He did many horrible things to the Jews in the ghetto. He is a very powerful and dangerous man. Irene told Janina that it was not safe to have him interested in her. Irene is considered a protagonist. She did many risky things to make sure her Jewish friends were in a safe place. Irene acted innocent and powerless to not draw attention towards herself.

Diction:
Diction is a word choice. Irene uses a lot of Polish and German words throughout the story. For example, Irena uses “Mamusia” and “Tatus” referring to her mother and father. The German officers always called Irene”Fräulein Gut.”Fräulein Gut means”Ms.Gut” in English. Irene’s final message to the readers is “Z Bogiem.”Z Bogiem is Polish for”go with god.”Irene is such a beautiful soul, no matter what language she speaks.

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