Analysis Of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader

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A very important theme in ‘The Reader’ by Bernhard Schlink is the “unbearable burden of remembrance.”1 The shame and guilt the second generation from Germany was forced into by the majority of their parents who partook in the cruel actions of the Third Reich. All this began to quite down and the hardened memories slowly started to fade, the Second World War was starting to divide in time and more generations covered the horrid history. Until in 1995 ‘The Reader’ was published, this literary work had a great impact on society. It was one of the causes the Second World War, and in this case especially the post-war times, was brought back to the surface and forced again on new generations. This was however a necessity for that era to be recollected and not to be forgotten over the years. But what if ‘The Reader’ would have been published closer to those days. What if, hypothetically seen, this work would have been published earlier, how and why would it differ from the chain of events that truly took place. Would it still have the same impact it had now or would it be forgotten over time. Like many other literary pieces about the Second World War and its consequences, ‘The Reader” was published around the 1990s. This was a time when a new generation flourished and had little to no connection with the Second World War, so it is obvious this population rather had a vague idea than a real image or lively feeling to those times. The literary works including ‘The Reader’ had such a
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