The Businessman

The Businessman
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  • EXPOSITION
  • RISING ACTION
  • RISING ACTION
  • It was early October in Poland. The year was 1944. As the sun grew less and less visible, so did hope. Oskar was struggling to maintain his factory. 
  • CLIMAX
  • The officers began demanding larger and larger bribes. Even though Oskar was a rich man, he couldn’t sustain this. The Jews were becoming more of a nuisance for him.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • The leader of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, Amon Göth, who had long assisted, but not supported Schindler in his employment of 1,200 Jews was becoming harder to work with. He was growing increasingly frustrated. The Nazi leaders began to pressure him to retaliate against Oskar. Oskar was waiting for this, he knew it was inevitable.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Oskar finds out that the Russians are coming. Amon tells him that the Nazis will send all of the Jews to death camps. After thinking for a long time, remorsefully, Oskar decides to escape with the Jews.
  • Amon debates whether or not he should let Oskar escape with the Jews. Oskar bribes him and runs away.
  • While escaping, 102 Jews die. Oskar is overcome with guilt. In reality, though, Oskar is responsible for the life of 1,098 Jews. The theme is that people can help others while helping themselves.
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