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The Lion Seeker
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How do the historical names, places, and documents, such as Hertzog add to the novel? How do these references provide a catalyst for the narrative and characterization?

Created: 08/24/14

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davinamw

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How do the historical names, places, and documents, such as Hertzog add to the novel? How do these references provide a catalyst for the narrative and characterization?

The author weaves history throughout the novel. Discuss some of the names, places, and documents, such as Hertzog, Lithuania, and the Jager Report. How do they add to the novel? How do these references provide a catalyst for the narrative and characterization?


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laurief

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RE: How do the historical names, places, and documents, such as Hertzog add to the novel? How do these references provide a catalyst for the narrative and characterization?

The descriptions of the places and people from the places adds reality to the story. Being of Eastern European Jewish decent, I understand the culture and the emotions described in the story. Also having the interactions of the South African cultures and responses added to the flavor of the story.


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irisf

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RE: How do the historical names, places, and documents, such as Hertzog add to the novel? How do these references provide a catalyst for the narrative and characterization?

These historical references add to the sense of history in which this story takes place and aids in rounding out the events taking place in view of the storyline. Isaac's action and inaction to act in regards to the money given him by Abel to rescue his aunts wouldn't have had much significance without the knowledge the reader has in regards to what was going on in Lithuania.


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annd

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RE: How do the historical names, places, and documents, such as Hertzog add to the novel? How do these references provide a catalyst for the narrative and characterization?

Using the history of the time helps to soften the line between fact and fiction. The whole story is more believable due to this documentation. I have learned and understood more about history from fiction that uses this than by sitting and studying it.


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