Intertextuality – Task 1

25 Nov

              The serpent that is mentioned in the Old Testament relates in a few ways to Henri on page 106 in the novel, “If This Is a Man.” In the Genesis the serpent was said to be craftier than any of the other wild animals that the LORD God had made and in page 106 it says Henri is inhumanly cunning. Cunning is another word used for crafty, meaning that both of the characters are sneaky, sly, secretive etc… in the testament the women says how God told hold her that cannot eat the fruit from the trees. The serpent then told her, “You will not certainly die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” This shows the serpent going against the LORD God’s rules which shows a similarity between the serpent and Henri because in the concentration camp Henri is one of the only men who still have the hope that he will survive and that he will eventually escape. He is not supposed to have this hope, it is not right. As everyone else has lost it and everyone has given up, just waiting for their time to come when their life will come to an end. Henri also tries give the other people in the camp hope that they will not die but then he realizes he shouldn’t and that he should only focus on himself surviving because after all, it all comes down to the survival of the fittest.

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