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An astounding amount of books have been written about the horrifying circumstances of the Holocaust, led by Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1945. However The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy is a novel that stands on its own. This unique book takes the household children's story of Hansel and Gretel and puts a terrifying twist on it. With its outstanding use of diction, imagery, plot development, and character development, this book is a must read. In the winter of 1943 a young boy and girl stand on the edge of a dark forest with their father and stepmother. The members of this family are Jews, and are on the run from Nazi troops. In a moment of desperation the stepmother gives the two children aliases- new Polish names that …show more content…
Throughout this story, readers experience a young boy who belongs in primary school mature, because he must and has no choice to. They watch a young woman who is at first mature beyond her age lose her mind to the chaos around her, and how a cold old woman opens her heart and her home to two children who have just lost their home and their family. They watch the witch become motherly towards the children and the children begin to love her in their own way. Hansel states “I’ll live with you, Magda...I’ll take you everywhere” as his sister lays on a platform, feverish and on her deathbed (Murphy 113). However, despite the incredibility of the characters, the plot of the story can be confusing. The plot switches from the children's experiences to those of their parents and requires the reader’s full attention or they can easily become confused. However, if paying attention, the development of the plot is very interesting. With a very short introduction, and a rising action that takes up the majority of the book, the book has a short climax yet one that completely turns the story upside down, and a resolution that comes so quick it may take several reads before completely understanding. The imagery and diction in this book are absolutely magnificent. The word choice in this book paints an unforgettable picture creates graphic images. A great example of this is “the moon

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