Prisoner B-3087

By: Alan Gratz and Flyer by: Mason Gevers

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Theme

The theme of the story is to never give up, even in the worst times. That is the theme because when Yanek was in the concentration camps, he didn't give up on his life even when it was in the worst time.

Characterization

There are some examples of characterization in the story for Yanek; such as "If I was caught, I would have been sent to be killed." and that shows that he has guts even if the result is death. Also, "I wish I hadn't out grown those gloves that day." and "As I threw my dirty, out grown pants into a pile." and that shows that he lives in a poor family that can't afford much things.

Point of View

The point of view in the story is first person because it uses words such as "I" or "My". For example, " I hadn't felt spoiled, but I didn't say anything.", or "My father stood in the sitting room, his eyes on the door.". So there is some examples to prove that it is first person point of view.

Dialogue

There is many dialogue, but only a little have an impact on the story, so here is a couple. "Get up! Get out! Get moving! Seven thousand volunteers are needed for the resettlement camps," Yelled the loud speaker" and that is important because that is when people left their homes to pretty much die. Lastly, "Prisoner B-3087," I told them. "My name is Yan Zielony." that is important because that is when Yanek lied to get freedom.

Figurative Language

In the story there were many different kinds of figurative language such as simile, metaphor and onomatopoeia.

Simile: There were many similes in the story, so here is a couple. "Our bodies wanted to hibernate like bears" that was important to the story because that was after a very hard day of work at the concentration camps. Also, another one is "I felt like coming up for air after being under water" and that is important to the story because that is when Yanek was hiding under the floor after one of the most dangerous people in the camp, Amon Goeth was in his room.

Metaphor:There where many metaphors in the story, so here is two. "My stick-and-straw arms" that is important to the story because that is when Yanek could barely move after a day of work. Also, another one is "I almost was choking on my own fear" and that is important to the story because that is when Yanek almost got caught by Amon Goeth, and died.

Onomatopoeia: There was only a couple in the story, so here is one; "kachunked" and that is important to the story because that is when Yanek was going down the elevator to a salt mine in the concentration camps.