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The Cellist of Sarajevo

In Steven Galloway's novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, several themes run through the story, delivered through the hope, dreams and fears of the four main characters. The first character is the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2011, 9:51 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

Kenan's struggle for survival is something distinctive in the novel's exposition. The idea that he struggles to collect water for his family and his challenging neighbor is reflective of the will...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2015, 1:25 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

In Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo, Kenan learns a great deal about himself—as does the reader—as he makes his trip some distance away to the brewery to fill bottles (his family's and his...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016, 12:40 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

I would argue that it is Arrow's relationship with the cellist, a man she has never met but has been ordered to protect, that develops her character. As our story starts, Arrow is a young...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

There are a number of themes that can be identified in Steven Galloway's 2008 novel The Cellist of Sarajevo. The fragility of civilization, the ease with which society can be torn apart by the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015, 2:03 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo is set during the real-life Siege of Sarajevo which lasted from 1992 to 1996. Galloway presents the different perspectives of those most affected and how they manage under...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2013, 6:02 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

In The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway tells the story of four people who serve as a microcosm of country as it faces a war. The soldiers are encamped in the hills around the city, making the...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2013, 4:33 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

Because poetry and music stir up emotional responses in the reader / listener, a comparison that uses the senses in unusual ways might be effective. The poem you are analyzing is about music but...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

The most obvious symbol in the book is the cellist, himself. The fundamental symbol of the cellist playing his music in broad daylight in Sarajevo to honor the death of his fellow countrymen is...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2011, 10:39 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

Steven Galloway's novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, in based on the lives of two "real" people living in Sarajevo (Bosnia), while the other two characters are fictional. The first character is the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011, 10:14 am (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

This seems like a great choice for the topic of your essay. I can think of a couple approaches that could work well here. First, you could center your three body paragraphs around three tough...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

Each of the characters in Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo has a distinct personality. Their individual attitudes decide what actions each of them will take, how they respond to the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019, 9:07 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

There's pretty much only one representation of war in this novel, and that is devastation, meaningless loss of life, terror, and heartbreak. These build into the ambiance that Steven Galloway...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

During the Bosnian War, the capital city of Bosnia, Sarajevo, was besieged by Bosnian Serb forces. They bombarded the city with mortars as well as picking off civilians with sniper fire. The...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

You have chosen an exciting character to focus your assignment on. Arrow is a young sniper with a conscience. She initially had strong objections to killing people and had to be convinced that by...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020, 4:19 pm (UTC)

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