Throughout The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen and The Color of Fire by Ann Rinaldi, there were many obvious similarities but also several key differences. While analyzing the two stories, comparisons between characters, setting, point of view and theme became apparent. Both stories discuss characters who overcame a struggle in their lives. These historical fiction pieces help readers understand the hardships of certain historical events and the reality of life for people living in those eras. The connections between stories will help readers make connections between important events of the past.
Hanna has what the narrator describes as the perfect life. Her parents are together, her house is friendly and her dad even visits their fifth-grade class. The two best friends were perfectly content with their life and no matter what they would not be separated nor turn against each other. “We were the girls with the wrong school supplies, and everything we did after that, even the things done just like everyone else, were the wrong things to do” (Horrock 473). Hanna and the narrator did not care whether they were doing the wrong thing socially, as long as they had each other.
Hannah Bailey is a senior attending Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Indiana. While in school she lives with her grandparents while her dad works off shore. Hannah has lived in Warsaw, Indiana since birth and she firmly beliefs that the town is conservative. Music, art, and writing is her passion. She highly believes in liberal art, and hope to become a filmmaker.
Ha also has to learn a new language because she had to move to a new home in a new country with a new language. Ha states, “MiSSS SScott points to me, then to the letters of the English alphabet. I say A B C and so on.” This quote shows that even though Ha found a safe home with no potential threat of war, she faces challenges such as learning one of the most difficult languages in the world. Ha found a home in Alabama that is safe with no threat of war as there is in Saigon, but she faces several challenges a day and one of them is missing her father and wishing he will soon appear in her classroom one day.
To make sure Rivka is not recognized, Chaya takes away the handkerchief. The handkerchief is the only feature Rivka can be identified with. So, by impersonating Rivka, Chaya put herself of being chosen. Hannah is still terrified of the guard and what he would do to the other girls. Even so, Hannah chooses to act even though she was afraid.
Her mother makes her go to the Jewish holiday anyway. When she is at the seder her family makes her open the door for Elijah, a Jewish tradition. When Hannah is opening the door she is teleported through time. She ends up in Poland in the 1930’s. Hannah does not know anyone there, but oddly everyone knows her.
We have to run!” Though Hannah had only met all of the villagers less than a day ago. Shmuel, Gitl, Yitzchak, and the other children and adults were no better. Hannah certainly could have ran away and saved herself when no one was paying attention. Additionally, Hannah keeps trying to inform other prisoners of the future.
In the Devil’s Arithmetic--both the book and the movie--Hannah, a young Jewish girl, begins the story by heading off to her Seder Dinner, much to her dismay. She doesn’t care much about her past, and she doesn’t want to remember what happened to the Jews. She greets her favorite aunt, Aunt Eva, at the door, and unenthusiastically goes along with the celebration, drinking too much wine and treating everyone with disrespect. When asked to go open the door for the prophet Elijah, Hannah reluctantly gets up and opens the door. In an instance, she is transported back in time to 1942, the peak of the Holocaust.
The author of The Devil’s Arithmetic is Jane Yolen. In this book the author uses excellent words to set the tone of the story, such as fierce, strong, nonsense, and ominously. The author also includes some German words and their translation. Raus, ‘raus, schneller, which means out, out, faster, is one example. There is many tones in this book.
Hannah has to remember anything and everything. Why? Remembering is a huge part of this story and is represented largeley in many different ways. Passover is an extremely important holiday to the Jewish religion. According to Hannah’s mom, it's all about remembering.
After all the events near the end of the story Hannah skips town,ordinarily do with people believing she 's a witch. Throughout all my reading I found my favorite part. It was on page 97 In this event Kit meet Hannah the Witch by the Blackbird pond, it was during her time in need too.
Hannah was ignorant about the world around her and was only concentrated on learning the piano and dreaming about becoming a concert pianist. “[Hannah] dreamed of [herself] in flowing dresses with [her] long black hair grown out to [her] waist and a string of pearls at [her] throat”(horton.1). This shows that Hannah is living in her own world with her hopes and dreams. Hannah realized that she has a great talent and she can become a famous concert pianist one day. Hannah believed when Tant Rose said “ If [she] made a few sacrifices and worked hard [she] would be famous’’(1).
Hannah knows how to speak better than she does, so when Hannah describes what they have it all is much more logical. Ingrid can’t feel it all, can’t feel this relationship, can’t be a part of it, when she has to live it, too. Hannah can make it rational when she explains it using the morning or an unfinished book or a car in the night. She can explain any feeling and draw pictures with her words and when she’s done she signs it with a kiss, and explain it all again with her actions, and this time Ingrid can feel the meanings beyond the words and the pictures. A meaning you had to be there
Everyone defines and identifies themselves in different ways. Whether it’s by our names, our religion, or our sexuality, we all have something different that make us unique and that we identify ourselves as. In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use,” an African American woman tells the story of her daughter Dee’s long awaited visit. Upon her arrival the mother and her other daughter, Maggie, discover some drastic changes in Dee: she has changed her name to Wangero, she has also arrived with a mysterious man who calls himself Asalamalakim, and has adopted an African style of dress; all of this in an effort to depict what she sees as her heritage. During the course of her visit, Dee tries to take several items important to her family’s heritage.