How is the door an important symbol in the Devil's Arithmetic?I have to create a paragraph about a significant symbol in the novel, the Devil's Arithmetic. I have chosen the door by which Hannah...

How is the door an important symbol in the Devil's Arithmetic?

I have to create a paragraph about a significant symbol in the novel, the Devil's Arithmetic. I have chosen the door by which Hannah must go towards to welcome Elijah. But I forgot my novel at school so I can't complete the work. It's due tomorrow, and I have to explain why it is important and give quotes.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you might want to focus on a couple of items on the purpose of the door in Yolen's work.  Prior to her approaching the door, Hannah is the type of adolescent who has closed many an emotional door on her spiritual and ethnic heritage.  She is depicted as much more concerned with the social notions of conformity as opposed to establishing and enhancing a true and valid notion of the religious sense of self in her own life.  As this "door" is closed, it would make sense that she is asked to open the door to allow the Prophet Elijah to enter during the Seder remembrance.  This opening is not to merely fulfill the symbolic element, but actually begin the process where Hannah's spiritual sense of self will be "opened" from its closed state.

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