The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

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Presented by:
GAURAV ANAND26th Oct, 2011
GAURAV ANAND
26th Oct, 2011
PRESENTED BY:
SUDHANSHU SHEKHAR
17th Oct, 2011

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INDEX:
1. SETTING/ PLOT
2. CHARACTERS
3. MAIN EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
4. BACKGROUND (HISTORICAL ASPECTS)
5. AUTHOR/ TITLE/ YEAR OF PUBLISHING
6. THESIS / VIEWPOINT
7. LANGUAGE/ STYLE
8. CONCLUSION & ANALYSIS
9. TITLE (JUSTIFICATION/ ANY OTHER TITLE POSSIBLE)

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SETTING/ PLOT:
The setting of this novel is somehow between the tenure of the Second World War, where the war was getting smashed into various units with the formation of many warring groups. The main incidents that have been fore grounded are the Nazi regime and its activities, the subjugation and mass slaughter of the Jews, the intervention of the world war in the modern war. As there is also the case of the movement of the family one encounters the description of various mountains and cliffs.

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CHARACTERS:
The main character in the novel is the author/narrator Primo Levi. There have been many other characters as the novel progresses, which Levi introduces in the pattern of the family saga. The other main characters are Rita and Sandra. There other characters are Rodmund, Professor P, Professor D., Enrico, Hirsute Caselli, uncle Elijah, uncle Issac, aunt Maria, uncle Moses, uncle Samuel, aunt Abigali, aunt Zepora, uncle Jacob, uncle Bonaparte, grandmother Bimba, uncle Aaron, aunt Allegra, uncle Gabriele, Madonna, uncle Bramin, aunt Milca, Susanna, grandmother Malia, Anateous, Signor Pistamilio Gina, Bortolasso, Alida, Rodmund, Borvio, corporal Abrahms, Maggie, Willem Hendrik, Burton, Andrea, Gaetano, Rebecca Johnson, Corporal Daniel K Abrahms, Tobasso, Bomino, Dr. Martini, Giulia, Varisco, Dr. Kern, Euge, Rosselli brothers, Fossa, Galearro Liano, Cagni, Guido, Aldo, Alberto, Verisno, Bruni, Cometto, Signor Giacoma, Lanza, Maria, Felice Fantino, Emilo, Father Wohler, Emilo.

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MAIN EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:
The chapter opens with the first chapter entitled “Argon” where we are made acquainted to various members of his family by the author/narrator. His family had the historical fact that his ancestors had moved from Spain to Piedmont about 1500. In the eventual narration the narrator/author talks about his uncles and aunts, grandfathers and grandmothers. All the chapters had the metaphorical hints of the title itself which suggested certain qualities that individuals possessed as per the title. In the second chapter he describes about the experimentation with electrolysis along his friend Enrico. Later on in the third chapter Levi describes his scenario of life of attending the classes of Professor P., he gives the description about the Professor P., after getting described professor Levi talks about his experiment in the university of Turin’s library. In the fourth chapter he talks about the solidity of iron with the adolescence of Levi himself, between the racial laws and the Alps. In between of the novel comes a very interesting story of potassium (1941 onwards), in which he gives an account of an experience in the laboratory with astonishing effects. After potassium he adds his own story (end of the 1941’s November) of nickel which gives a very much detailed information about his life experience as a chemist in the chemical laboratories of a mine (that was few hours journey from Turin).next in the novel, it deals with the story of a lead quarryman. And he gives a very nice story of Rodmund (lead-smith), who knows by birth the trick of extracting leads from the mountains. Levi has got a very decent style of writing which he shows in his next chapter by writing the story about mercury, he explains the thing with such an...
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