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  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • Elie grows up in Sighet, a small town in Transylvania, with two sisters and his parents. Early on, Elie takes great interest in studying his religion Judaism. A local Beadle, Moishe, teaches Elie about the Judaism before he is taken away for being a foreigner.
  • Climax
  • World War II is taking place but has not quite reached Sighet. The only effect the war has taken on Sighet is exiling all foreign Jews. The group of foreign Jews includes Moishe. However, Moishe escapes and returns to Sighet and attempts to warn everyone of the danger coming their way but nobody believes something so bad could happen to them.
  • Falling Action
  • The Nazis eventually reach Sighet and form ghettos in the town. Life for Jews is normal, for the most part, for a short period of time until they learn they will all be transported to a concentration camp. In several different groups, the Jews of Sighet are moved to a concentration camp. Elie and his family travel in the same car with a woman continuously screams about a fire that is not there.
  • Resolution
  • Elie and his family arrive at Birkenau where he and his father are separated from his mother and sisters. Elie and his father lie about their ages in order to escape the crematorium. Elie and his father are then transported to Buna to work in an electrical factory. While at Buna, Elie is exposed to cruel treatment and death. He also begins to lose faith and hope.
  • Elie and his father live in the camp for months and Elie develops an infection on his foot. He undergoes a surgery to remove the pus. Not long after the surgery, the camp is evacuated and prisoners are forced to march fifty miles through the snow. Many people die on this treacherous journey. Of the hundreds that began the journey, only twelve survived.
  • At the new camp, Buchenwald, Elie's father becomes weak. One day Elie wakes up and his father is no longer in his bunk. Elie's begins to feel a mix of emotions from this including guilt and despair. Not long after, Elie is liberated but he feels that he has lost himself and he ends the book stating how he does not know who he is anymore. 
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