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  • Exposition
  • When establishing the primary components of the exposition, there wasn't much to include. This narrative essay takes place in a social worker office, a ghetto, and a church all located in Warsaw during 1943. As for the characters, they were mostly insignificant other than Irena Sendler. The remaining characters that were brought up were simply co-workers that were occasionally working alongside Irena during her heists. 
  • Rising Action
  • During the rising action, it was mostly just Irena Sendler lying to her boss and walking out of work. Just before her lunch break, Irena Sendler would be tampering with the birth files of children so they wouldn't be determined as Jews. After that, she would arrive at her lunch-break each day and tell her boss she was going out to eat, but that wasn't the truth. This was only an excuse for Irena to give herself the freedom of leaving work to attend certain tasks.
  • In the climax, Irena was nearly caught rescuing a child. She suspiciously walked through the Ghetto part of town holding a gunny sack, claiming she was retrieving silverware to clean. As she walked out, she had to hold a straight face so she wasn't called out again while she had a child slung over her shoulder. 
  • Climax
  • The falling action would be when the child Irena took illegally was provided with a home. He was smuggled into a family that was non-Jewish so nobody would suspect anything. The family resisted at first, as most might, but eventually they gave in and agreed to take the child into their own hands so he didn't have to go back to the Ghetto.
  • Falling Action
  • Resolution
  • The resolution was Death declaring that Irena lived like this each day. She went to work starting the day by altering the birth files of people, going with one of her co-workers to a getaway route through the church leading into the ghetto where she had to save a child without getting caught, during her lunch break where she had to lie to her boss, and then returning to work to mess with more files and pretend to be doing something that she is expected to do. This allowed the reader to realize how much Irena was putting at risk when she was trying to save a single child.
  • Theme
  • The theme of this narrative story about Irena Sendler is that one must save someone even if it means killing themselves. Irena Sendler was saving children day by day even though she knew that if she was caught she'd be imprisoned if not killed at the very least. Despite this, Irena pursued in saving children as she knew that the hardest thing she'd deal with otherwise would be the guilt of letting them suffer. 
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