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If This Is a Man

The main theme of Primo Levi's memoir is implied in its title. Levi asks how men could treat other human beings as if they were not human, as the Nazis did the Jews and others whom they imprisoned...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 3:42 am UTC

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If This Is a Man

Lorenzo embodies the idea that there can be transcendence in a world of contingency. Lorenzo has not lost his humanity, even though the world of Auschwitz has taken it from so many. His kindness...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

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I had to pare down the original question, but I invite you to resubmit it because both questions are fairly profound. I think that Levi invites the reader to explore the meaning of Auschwitz and...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2012 5:31 am UTC

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For Levi, Steinlauf and Lorenzo represent the essence of not capitulating to conditions that immerse the individual. Levi writes about them with a considerable praise because they embrace the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2012 10:56 am UTC

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Part of what makes Levi's work so powerful is that he constructs a very wide and open view of how individuals behave in the worst of elements. The question is not "Why" people behave the way they...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 3:24 am UTC

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While I can't write this essay for you, I can certainly point you in the right direction, because this book is all about suffering. The first thing I must point out to you is the genre: is an...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 8:30 pm UTC

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Survival is approached in different ways in Levi's work. Its fundamental challenge is appropriated through different paths in the form of different characters. In these different approaches, the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2012 12:03 am UTC

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If This Is a Man

In If This Is a Man, Primo Levi describes the internal economy of Auschwitz as a much harsher version of the one which prevails in society at large. Goods are bought and sold in the camp as they...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 9:40 pm UTC

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Although Offred's living situation in Gilead is not as extreme as Primo Levi's in Auschwitz, the two are both treated as disposable and not fully human by their societies. They are what is called...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020 7:22 pm UTC

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Primo Levi, the poet, was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, and this poem describes his experiences of being treated as if he were less than human during the Second World War. While it does not...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2018 9:38 am UTC

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I think that much of the narrative is devoted to this idea. Primo Levi himself said as much in an interview before his death when he said that the the primary motivation of the work was...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2012 10:21 am UTC

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Levi explains these "exceptions to the rule" by referencing the internal and entrenched moral compass of the individuals who stood formidably against the onslaught of suffering and degradation in...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 5:47 pm UTC

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