"Projekt 1065" Literary Term Analysis

"Projekt 1065" Literary Term Analysis

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Literary analysis for the book: "Projekt 1065" by Alan Gratz

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  • Protagonist: Michael
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  • Antagonist: Fritz
  • Heil Hitler!
  • Theme
  • Michael is dynamic. At first,  he is selfish and is opposed to the idea of making sacrifices. However,  he later realizes that he needs to make sacrifices to help benefit the greater good, becoming more thoughtful. Michael is round since the reader gets to see his thoughtfulness, intelligence, and optimism as well as his selfishness, rage, and hopelessness throughout his journey as a spy.
  • Foreshadowing: "'And what was I supposed to do?' I said, leaning over the back of the front seat. 'Just let him get caught?' 'Yes,' Da said. I couldn't believe what I was hearing." (Gratz 65)
  • You need to learn to make sacrifices, Michael.
  • Early on, Fritz is innocent and kind, and it seems as if Fritz is opposed to the Nazis since he reads books forbidden by them.  However, after joining the SRD, he becomes a savage fighter that will do anything for Hitler, making him dynamic. Fritz is round because readers get to see his innocence, friendliness, and kindness early on, and his savagery, anger, and hatred later in the story.
  • Symbolism: "Fritz was in the backyard, throwing his collection of detective books into a bucket full of flames." (Gratz235)
  • Stop!
  • The theme of "Projekt 1065" is that you need to be willing to sacrifice things to help benefit the greater good no matter the costs. Throughout the story, Michael is forced to do things that he wouldn't normally do to pretend that he's a Nazi,  all so that he can help the Allies win WWII.  This includes burning books, harassing  Jews, and even turning Simon and his parents in to be killed.
  • Suspense: "'There's another way out of all this. You don't have to start that timer.' 'Oh, I'm sorry, Michael. I don't think you understand,' Fritz said. 'I already did.'" (Gratz 285)
  • First, Michale tries to save Simon because he doesn't want to make sacrifices. However, he later realizes that he needs to be willing to make sacrifices to benefit the greater good, and he decides to sacrifice Simon and his parents.  This conversation and the advice that Michael's parents give to him hint at the fact that Micheal is eventually going to have to sacrifice them later on.
  • These books symbolize the boys' senses of right and wrong and their resistance to the Nazi party.   Early on, Fritz is innocent and kind, and he reads these books despite the fact that they are forbidden by Nazis. After joining the SRD, he burns these books and turns into a ruthless Nazi fighting machine. Unlike Fritz, Michael reads his detective books all throughout the novel. 
  • Michael has no weapon and needs to fight Fritz, who is equipped with a bomb and a dagger. Now that the bomb has been started, Michael has no idea when the bomb will go off. This puts Michael's plan at risk, and to make matters worse, they're fighting on top of a cable car.  This makes for an interesting and close fight between the two,  which makes readers keep reading to see how it ends.
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