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What are some examples of the devil's arithmetic in "The Devil's Arithmetic"?

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Certainly it is fascinating question to think about why any novel was given the name that it bears. There are two places in the novel that refer directly to the "devil's arithmetic" which explore why this concept is so important to the novel as a whole. Firstly, at the beginning of Chapter 16, Hannah/Chaya comments on her life in camp, talking about how each day that she remains alive is a cause for triumph:

Part of her revolted against the insanity of the rules. Part of her was grateful. In a world of chaos, any guidelines helped. And she knew that each day she remained alive, she remained...

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