GradeSaver, 12 April 2017 Web. I admitted mistakes I hadn't made, intentions I'd never had. He is swept away by the discovery of his own sexuality. And you know, when no one understands you, then no one can call you to account. But either way, I had no choice. And as always, the alien language, unmastered and struggled over, created a strange concatenation of distance and immediacy.
Michael finds her apartment deserted, with no hint or warning. Michael: It happens this information is favorable to the defendant. We all remarked on it, she gave them food and places to sleep. Things I wanted to know more about had vanished completely from her mind, and she didn't understand why I was interested in what had happened to her parents, whether she had had brothers and sisters, how she had lived in Berlin and what she'd done in the army. I tried to tell myself that I had known nothing of what she had done when I chose her. And the ever confounding Kate Winslet. Sometimes I see the same eagerness and belief in the faces of children and teenagers and the sight brings back the same sadness I feel in remembering myself.
What a sad story, I thought for so long. But it was impossible to do both. Once she learns to read, she begins to understand the extent of the horrors in which she has participated and commits suicide the day before she is to be released from prison. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love. Throughout the book, the effect of not being able to read or write, and how it completely changes the path a person's life can take, is illustrated.
An executioner is not under orders. It can help her case. To me it was obvious that experimental literature was experimenting with the reader, and Hanna didn't need that and neither did I. It's there, somewhere behind you, and you could go back and make sure of it. We didn't go there to learn. Regaining my self-confidence had nothing to do with success. Michael: I sat in the second carriage because I thought you might kiss me.
Something they do not admitting. Whenever she turned cold and hard, I begged her to be good to me again, to forgive me and love me. Some of the ones below are also from a fun book I stumbled across recently called. Her years of imprisonment were not merely to be the required atonement: Hanna wanted to give them her own meaning, and she wanted this giving of meaning to be recognized. Danger will only increase my love.
They're a matter of such indifference to him that he can kill them as easily as not. After a time I thought I could detect a similar numbness in other people. And it turned out to be one of my favorite and the most heart-rending films of the year. They were influential people and have now found their way into offices of similar influence in the judiciary, in politics and in medicine. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.
Forgiveness and Redemption Whilst Michael tries to mitigate Hanna's behavior in the war by convincing himself she selected the weakest in the camp to read aloud to her because she wanted to give them some respite in their last days, it is really himself that he is finding it difficult to forgive for loving a war criminal in the first place. They were reading to her. If we had been Jews, we would have fled or been killed. She didn't know it was my birthday. Danger will only increase my love. She did not know what she should or could have done differently, and therefore wanted to hear from the judge, who seemed to know everything, what he would have done.
He is also unable to recognize that he was abused. Eight years later, as a law student, he enters a courtroom and discovers Hanna in a group of Nazi prison guards being tried for murder. Because such a situation makes it impossible to be happy? The earlier secret that she essentially became a guard to conceal. And not by our laws, no. So Hanna got to hear a great deal of Keller and Fontane, Heine and Morike. One becomes very clear about these things. Don't go to the camps.
You don't matter enough to upset me. Nothing comes out of the camps. But love of our parents is the only love for which we are not responsible. Nothing comes out of the camps. When I asked, she turned away my questions. But it was too terrible for that.
But if we were one of the rest of the Germans? In the evening, she asked them to join her. He has already told the reader that his generation judge his parents' and grandparents' generations very harshly for not doing anything to prevent Hitler's power and the holocaust that was happening around them. The theme of forgiveness and redemption runs throughout the novel but is most poignant at the end when Hanna bequeaths her money to the surviving daughter from the church fire; Michael sees this as an illustration of a changed woman who is trying to make restitution for the wrongs she has done. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. . Not that I now think it was happy.