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  • Moishe the Beadle asks Eli why he prays and Eli starts to question other things. This is a use of foreshadowing because later in the novel he figures out why he lives and breaths and a big reason for that is family.
  • Why do you pray?
  • "Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breath?
  • The quote shows that Eli is torn that he is being separated by most of his family and shows that his family is one of the most important aspects of his life.
  • We were ready. I went out first. I did not want to look at my parent's faces. I did not want to break into tears. We remained sitting in the middle of the street like the others two days earlier,
  • What had happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and i had not even blinked. I had watched and kept silent. Only yesterday, I would have dug my nails into the criminal's flesh.
  • This scene represents the first change in Eli's relationship with his father. He did not do anything to the guard for hitting his father.
  • At that moment in time, all that had mattered to me was my daily bowl of soup, my crust of stale bread. The bread, the soup-- those were my entire life.
  • The quote shows that at the moment, the bread and soup was more important then his father. Eli is putting his own chance of survival in front of his fathers.
  • Eli is running when his new friend Zalman falls down and gets trampled and died. This made Eli think about dying and all the pain that would go away with it. Again, he is thinking about his own survival over his fathers. If he died, his pain would go away, but his fathers pain would worsen.
  • The idea of dying, ceasing to be, began to fascinate me. To not feel the excruciating pain of my foot.
  • After Eli's dad had died, Eli did not weep and was actually relieved. Throughout the novel, he had lived and went on because of his father and now he had realized that his dad was a burden and a weight was now off of his shoulders. he did not have to take care of his dad anymore.
  • I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: 'Free at last!'
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