Founder of the RAF and The Churchill Club, Knud Pedersen demonstrates obvious leadership and bravery through his efforts to free Denmark from German occupation. Although Pedersen thought and acted in the ways of a teenage boy, he had great courage and perseverance and was determined to see Denmark free.
“Escape was on our minds from the very start. We were not helping our country resist the German occupation by remaining in confinement” (Hoose 106)
Amongst all, the Nazis serve as the perfect antagonist in the story because they represent pure evil. In the 1940s, the Nazis claimed Denmark as a protectorate of Germany, demanding food, transportation, and work in exchange for standing cities in Denmark. The Nazis are notorious for their cold and unforgiving nature, how they showed no mercy to diversity and frequently tortured and killed those who opposed their ideologies.
“Were we to be executed? Handed over to the Germans? Freed? Or had the Danes and Germans made some sort of deal for ús to be punished in Denmark? Now we would find out” (Hoose 109)
Stand up for what you believe in, even though the Nazis severely outnumbered Denmark citizens, Knud recognized his societies fear of the Nazis and thirst for freedom and began his own rebellion, later proving effective as Denmark citizens begin to finally show opposition to Germanys residence.
“Flames flickered from the tiny stove in my room at the monastery. The German guard outside my window pacing robotically, back and forth…” (Hoose 75)
Being aware of The Churchill Clubs boldness and bravery, this quote foreshadows that they were going to carry out their plan for escape from prison, regardless of the consequences of being caught.
After the climax of the story, the resolution was a mystery exemplified in Pedersen's quote. Straight before one must turn the page to find out the truth, Hoose decides to build tension and suspense here to keep the reader engaged.
This quote describes the imagery of Knud’s current situation. Being under house arrest in his dark room, looking down on the inhuman Nazi below, guarding the way out, almost creating a symbolic feel as of how Knud is restricted from his quest for freedom similar to how the Danes are restricted from their freedom, once again by the Nazis.