world literature

Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber” – Write a thoughtful analysis on Borowski’s story.please show your own ideas about it , at least one paragraph. you don’t need get the formal introduction and conclusion , it is only a discussion .don’t get Plagiarism ! thank you!
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
to the Gas Chamber
By Tadeusz Borowski
Borowski
1922-1951
1943 – imprisoned by Nazis for illegally
printing his writing (Poles were not allowed
to publish) – sent to Birkenau/Auschwitz
Joined Communists after war – thought it
would prevent things like the death camps
from every happening again, but found he
was wrong
1951 – committed suicide by GAS
The Breaking of the Glass
Jason Sommer
He observed that the rabbis present were very gay. So he seized a costly goblet…and broke it before
them. Thus he made them somber. – Talmud
Make me a wedding glass of crystal
to outlast the shrillest pitches
of a solid scream,
the heel above the temple
and the people dragged
along the shards.
One true form of tears
is heaps of glass—
from windows with their faces kicked-in
and the family’s crystal
and all the unlucky mirrors of the houses
now with their several million faces
that cannot reflect.
God gave Moses a mouth
that brimmed with glass
that when he spoke
his pain was keen
and the blood came to his face.
This was His way of saying:
I am the Lord
My voice is in
the gusting of the wind
and the stuttering of men
and the breaking of the glass.
Ladies and Gentlemen…
While this could be read as a coming of age
story, the narrator wants to repress
whatever knowledge he might gain from
his experience
Narrator
Tone – matter of fact, as if this is an
everyday situation – this compounds the
sense of atrocity
Attempts to avoid making judgments…
But can’t – and we can determine his
real position from the lapses in objectivity
2019 – paradise imagery – But can’t be
Eden – must be post-fall (Babel of
the multitudes) – humans can’t
work together in united and
purposeful concern
Why does narrator attempt this objectivity?
To protect himself from the surroundings
He must become part of the system to survive
Physical VS Spiritual survival
Woman and her child – 2025
When the spiritual intervenes, the narrator
gets sick
He is getting sick because he is “eating the
flesh” (figuratively) of other humans
His sympathetic nerveous system cannot
take it.
Irony – the story is full of it
Paragraph 2 – lamenting lack of “usual recreation”
Decorum of Nazi Guards
Church bells ringing in the distance
Sociable world of “Canada”
Red Cross Truck – p 2023
The forms of civilized life –
even the sacred persists
(This makes the camp and
Nazi program even more
obscene)
How do prisoner/laborers get swept into the Nazi
evil?
They get food from those who will be
exterminated (cannibalism) – They fear they will
run out of people
But in his descriptions, Borowski makes sure we
know the laborers are sharing the same insectlike, animal-like existence of the other inmates (p
2020)
Indeed, they are kept in buildings that used to house
diseased animals
The laborers view on religion (p 2018)
How does the story show us the Nazis were able
to exterminate so man?
Deception by the Nazis – p 2022
By the prisoner laborers – p 2028
How do the victims gain some measure of
superiority?
Denial of connection with other victims
Creating an isolation of the OTHER (the attitude
on which prejudice thrives)
Henri p 2024
Why is the blonde woman (who reminds the
narrator of a woman he once knew) important?
p 2026-27
The anti-hero (again)
The narrator crawls under the rails
A little girl runs around, mad
A dead hand clutches his, and he vomits
Order returns, but it is the twisted order of the
fascists
This is an ANTI-TRAGEDY – from the clear
tragedy, nothing noble is affirmed, and it is
presented by an anti-hero
WHY IS THE ANTI-HERO DIFFERENT FROM
UNDERGROUND MAN AND J. ALFRED
PRUFROCK???

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