
The Devil's Arithmetic
A simile is “a figure of speech in which two things, essentially different but thought to be alike in one or more respects, are compared using “like,” “as,” “as if,” or “such” for...

The Devil's Arithmetic
At the beginning of the chapter, six men who tried to escape are chosen to be executed; however, my guess is you would like to know who is chosen at the end of the chapter. As eNotes explains, "the...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Hannah is from New Rochelle, which is in Upstate New York. New Rochelle is a city in Upstate New York. It is common for people to live in New Rochelle and make the commute to the city. New Rochelle...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In speaking about the plot of The Devil’s Arithmetic (or any other literary work), we should speak about six specific things: exposition, inciting incident/conflict, rising action, climax,...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Rachel is excited because Chaya is from Lublin, a big city. Chaya was Hannah’s Aunt Eva’s friend, and Hannah was named after her for her Hebrew name. When Hannah first experiences her vision...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The narrator of The Devil's Arithmetic often focuses on eye color, probably to help us imagine more clearly what the characters look like, but also as a way of establishing connections among...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Hannah says this quotation during the rising action of The Devil’s Arithmetic when she finds herself immersed in the life of the concentration camp during the Holocaust in the 1940s. Within the...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The Devil's Arithmetic has one clear protagonist, Hannah. Her journey and personal growth is the central focus of the book. She really evolves from beginning to end. When we think of a protagonist...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The message that Yolen sends to her readers through Hannah's journey is that we must never forget the sacrifices of those who came before us. At the start of the novel, Hannah refuses to identify...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Hannah spends much of The Devil’s Arithmetic in the role of Chaya. The two characters have both similarities and differences. First, let us discuss the differences. Hannah is a girl from the...

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Hannah feels as if she is in a “dream or an elaborate game” caused by the wine she sipped at the Seder meal. The actual “place” is a field and then a small cottage. Hannah has just been...

The Devil's Arithmetic
There are two aspects of setting that can be discussed: setting of time and setting of place. In Chapters One and Two of The Devil’s Arithmetic, the setting of time is the present day. Because...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The Devil’s Arithmetic is a young adult novel about the Holocaust. At the beginning of the story, a Jewish girl name Hannah is celebrating the Seder meal at Passover with her family. She seems...

The Devil's Arithmetic
I would describe Hannah as a character who changes during the course of this comingofage novel. Hannah does, however, have one trait that remains: her stubbornness. At the beginning, Hannah is...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In Chapter 6, as her brother is about to get married, Gitl continues to arrange and rearrange the wedding gifts on two wagons as she says "Those schnorrers in Viosk will know we honor our own."...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Passover Seder is important to Hannah’s family because it is about remembering people they lost during the Holocaust. The novel opens with Passover Seder, and this is an important Jewish holiday....

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There are many examples of Rivka being brave in The Devil's Arithmetic. It is important to remember that Rivka is also Hannah’s “Aunt Eva.” Hannah does not discover this fact until the end....

The Devil's Arithmetic
Hannah’s exact reaction to the dress Gitl gives her in Chapter Six of The Devil’s Arithmetic is to say that it “is a shmatte.” This is a Yiddish word that means “rag.” Therefore,...

The Devil's Arithmetic
When Hannah gets transported to another time and place during the Seder, she meets Gitl and Schmuel. Gitl and Shmuel are brother and sister, and aunt and uncle to Chaya. Chaya is Hannah’s Hebrew...

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Gitl is a wise, giving, compassionate, smart, brave, and determined character who gives many of the characters in The Devil’s Arithmetic hope, including Hannah. Gitl’s wisdom is often combined...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Please realize that this is an opinion question with no “right” answer; however, in my opinion fiction is more powerful than statistics because moving stories mean more to people than simple...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In my copy of The Devil’s Arithmetic, page 27 and 28 are about the end of the car ride to Hannah’s grandparents’ apartment in the Bronx, NY where the family will celebrate the Seder meal....

The Devil's Arithmetic
The answer to your question is actually fairly simple and steeped in Jewish culture (especially in reference to the Passover meal). It is a part of the Passover ritual to have the family open the...

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A cliffhanger is an ending that creates further suspense. In the case of The Devil’s Arithmetic, there are quite a few cliffhangers at the ends of chapters. The first real cliffhanger is at the...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is a young adult (YA) novel that focuses on the mysterious time travel of a Jewish teenager from her modern life in New Rochelle, New York to wartorn Poland....

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"Hannah nodded and took her aunt's fingers from her lips. She said, in a voice much louder than she had intended, so loud that the entire table hushed at its sound, 'I remember. Oh, I...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In the simplest way in The Devil’s Arithmetic, Chaya and Hannah have their Jewish faith in common (which includes all of the pertinent Jewish traditions). However, one must realize that Hannah...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The main idea of this book is to reveal (and remember) the horrors of the Holocaust from a young adult point of view. The main character, Hannah, is annoyed greatly by her Jewish faith as she...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The reader learns about Gitl’s exact physical appearance in chapter 4 of The Devil’s Arithmetic. Hannah has turned around to find herself in a small cottage and sees a woman before her. The...

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The truth is, there is probably nothing Hannah could have said to the Commandant in order to save little Reuven. Hannah cannot help but feel guilty due to her desperate exclamation. This makes the...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The Devil’s Arithmetic is a comingofage story (otherwise known as a bildungsroman) in that the character of Hannah changes as she comes of age. Hannah begins the novel as an immature young...

The Devil's Arithmetic
A thematic statement, of course, is one simple sentence about what the author is trying to convey about his or her particular subject. This statement will often contain some kind of generalization...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The badchan’s “quick observation” that you speak of is incredibly insightful. A badchan is a sort of hired comic or court jester who entertains at upperclass Jewish occasions. As indicated...

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A metaphor is an unlikely comparison that does not use the words “like” or “as.” In chapters ten and eleven of The Devil’s Arithmetic, there are quite a few metaphors. These two...

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A symbol is something that stands for something else. The opening of the door for Elijah, the bridal gown, and Rivka’s scarf are all symbols in The Devil’s Arithmetic. Hannah is the character...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Yitzchak is one of the male villagers taken with Chaya/Hannah to the concentration camp by the Nazis in 1942. The simple answer to your question is that, according to Chapter 19, Yitzchack moves...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Chapters 10 and 11 of The Devil’s Arithmetic are about the journey on the rail cars to the concentration camp. Yes, there is definitely dramatic irony involved. Dramatic irony occurs within a...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Actually Hannah does not die in The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen. Chaya is the one who perishes. Hannah is a young girl in modern times who is mysteriously taken back to war torn Europe during...

The Devil's Arithmetic
When an author uses foreshadowing, he or she is giving the reader a hint about what will happen later in the story. There are many examples of foreshadowing in The Devil’s Arithmetic. Many of...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In The Devil's Arithmetic, the violinist from the klezmer band is one of six men executed by the guards for daring to plot and carry out an escape. In Chapter 17, Gitl tells Hannah that a small...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Every year Jewish people all over the world celebrate the holiday of Passover by holding a seder in their homes. The word, "seder," in Hebrew means "order," and there is a specific order in which...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Although Jane Yolen's novel The Devil's Arithmetic is written in third person, it's also clear that it is written in a third person limited point of view, which means the narrative is told by...

The Devil's Arithmetic
At the beginning of the novel, The Devil's Arithmetic, Hannah Stern is ambivalent about attending Passover Seder dinner at Grandma Belle and Grandpa Will's house. Hannah's father is the son of...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen we meet a character called Rose when she greets Hannah and her family as they arrive at her grandparents' house in the Bronx. Aunt Rose welcomes them at the...

The Devil's Arithmetic
In The Devil's Arithmetic, we meet Hannah. Hannah is a young Jewish girl living in the 1980s. She is going to a Passover Seder at her grandparents' house. Hannah isn't thrilled about going to the...

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No, she doesn't. Hannah is from the future. She knows what the Nazis are planning to do to the Jews. She doesn't believe their explanation about why they want the villagers to get on the truck.

The Devil's Arithmetic
There are definitely both contrasts and contradictions contained in The Devil’s Arithmetic. A contrast is simply a presentation of two things that are different. On the other hand, a...

The Devil's Arithmetic
Rachel was excited to meet Chaya because she is from the big city. When Hannah is magically transported back in time, she becomes Chaya. Rachel thinks Chaya is on her way from the big city of...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The main idea of The Devil's Arithmetic is expressed through main character Hannah Stern. Hannah is a Jewish girl who lives in New York, but she is not religious nor devout to her faith and...

The Devil's Arithmetic
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen employs a unique kind of flashback experience for the young protagonist, Hannah Stern. She is a twelveyearold girl who lives with her family in New York and...