Monday, February 14, 2011

Chapter 5 (pages 66-84): Tone

Many of the lines in this chapter are sarcastic in tone. Copy one here and comment on it. Explain why you think sarcasm is an appropriate tone (or not appropriate) in this instance.


  1. Shlomo:"Look, take this knife," he said to me. "I don't need it any longer. It might be useful to you. And take this spoon as well. Don't sell them. Quickly! Go on. Take what I'm giving you!"
    Elie: The inheritance.(Page 71)

    This is where Shlomo, Elie's dad, realizes that he has been marked down by the officers and may be executed later that evening. As any father would do, they try to keep their young ones alive. In this case, the only hopes of keeping Elie alive would have been to give him something so he could trade and fight with. Elie thinks in a sarcastic tone that these two simple items is all his father can give him. In terms of survival I can see how this would be a problem. Thinking that his father will no longer be there with him, Elie isn't sure if he can go on with no father but just a knife and a spoon. But on terms of a father and son relationship, Elie should be a little more caring compassionate toward his father who may soon be killed. This scene caught me off guard by the emotion behind Elie's thoughts. They almost seemed blank, with no feeling behind them. I guess being in the camps long enough numbs everything inside you. Elie experiences much of this all throughout the book.

  2. Congratulations on responding to one of the higher level questions!