The Boy on the Wooden Box

By Logan Kettle

David Lejzon(Leyson) vs. Margot Frank

I chose to compare these two characters from the play and my novel mainly because they are both older siblings of the main characters and take on that role of the older sibling for the protagonist.

Throughout "The Boy on the Wooden Box", David isn't present very often and when he is, you don't hear from him much, but when you do hear from him, he's always encouraging towards Leib/Leon(main character). For example, on page 135, the story says, "'You'll work with David and me,' he informed me with authority. I stared at my brother, whom I had glimpsed only a few times in two years. He was now sixteen and had grown to be almost as tall as my father, but his cheeks were hollow and his clothes hung loosely on his bony frame. 'You'll be fine,' David reassured me."

I chose Margot for practically the same reasons that I chose David, which is why I thought they would compare nicely. Margot is very quiet and reserved, and doesn't talk often. Although in the private conversations with Anne she lifts her up and eggs on Anne's positive spirit. Although it's not much, she still very much tries to lift her younger sister up. On page 553, lines 507-512 say, "Margot: 'Of course I did. It's fine.'

Anne: 'Margot, tell me, am I terribly ugly?'

Margot: 'Oh, stop fishing.'

Anne: 'No. No. Tell me.'

Margot: 'Of course you're not. You've got nice eyes... and a lot of animation, and...'

Anne: 'A little vague, aren't you'?'"

Both David and Margot are older siblings to the main characters in each of the plays, both of them are very encouraging to their younger siblings, and both are kind of compared to the main characters in their respective stories. Although Margot is different from David and vice versa in the sense that Margot is very shy, and David is not. Margot is always in the attic with Anne while David is very distant most of the time to Leon. And also, David was quite close to Leon even before the Holocaust, and I don't know how close Anne and Margot were although, it doesn't seem like they were as close to each other.

So although they both don't appear often, they are, usually, very encouraging and help the main characters along in their journey.

Pivotal Action Taken by Leon Leyson

On page 111, the story says, "As I reached the gate, two officers waved me through, and I was now among those headed to P∤aszów. My heart was racing. All I wanted was to see my family again, no matter what the situation." In the quote, Leon's family have all been taken to P∤aszów, a concentration camp. These Nazi guards are taking even more Jews to Kraków and Leon sees a chance to go see his family and takes it. This is a pivotal action because through choosing to go to this concentration camp, Leon may get to see his family but he may also die. I think if he hadn't done this though, he might not have survived, because he would have had to fend for himself in the ghetto and might have starved. Their whole family at this concentration camp survived and Leon got to his family, so he was right in taking this opportunity to go to the concentration camp. Although he suffered at first, it was all okay in the end but it might not have been if Leon had not done this.