Chapter Five Journal
Functionaries- People who function in a specified capacity
Lamentation- the act of expressing grief
Kaddish- liturgical prayer, consisting of three or six verses Achtung- attention in German
Hospital Patient: He says that he is going to die soon, and warns Eliezer that there are more “selections” at the hospital. Symbol(s):
Number: This symbolizes your identity in the concentration camps, it is what defines your fate. Reflection:
In chapter five, we were introduced to another diminishing process that occurs at the concentration camps, selection. Selection is where all of the prisoners lineup and are evaluated by doctors and the Angel of Death himself as to whether or not they are fit to work in the camps. If the prisoners do not pass this evaluation then they are forced into the gas chambers and are sentenced to death. Another occurrence during this chapter that was especially appalling was the whipping of Eliezer. In chapter five, he stumbles upon the SS guard with a Polish women, and is caught because he laughs. He then receives twenty five lashes upon his back.
Figures of Speech:
Icy wind cut us like a whip. Simile
Camp had become a hive. Metaphor
Filled with despair. Figurative language
The greatest challenge in my life so far was when I lost my grandfather in January. In order to preserve him in my life, I have my memories. I also have my last card that was signed from him in my room. I believe that I have not grown from this emotional experience yet, as I relieved this experience last month with the passing of my great grandfather. Although this experience has changed my world upside down, I am regaining my strength and will learn from it soon.
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