To what year is Hannah transported?
Rising Action: The part of a story or play in which the conflict becomes more intense and complicated; the buildup to the climax. Climax: The point in a story where the conflict reaches its peak, a turning point in the story. Tone: The speaker's attitude toward his subject.
Cheerful Dry Assertive Lighthearted Regretful Humorous Pessimistic Nostalgic Melancholic Facetious Joyful Sarcastic Arrogant Persuasive Uneasy Regretful Reverent Inspirational
Hannah is transported to a small village in Nazi-occupied Poland. Hannah learns of the hardships and cruelties faced by the Jewish people. (This is what we will focus on in the next slide) Hannah fights for her family's survival and discovers a secret about her ancestry.
Rising Action in The Devil's Arithmetic
List a RISING ACTION that should be added to our plot diagram.
List some words that describe the tone of the RISING ACTION.
The Devil's Arithmetic has won the Nebula award for best novella and the National Jewish Book Award. The Devil's Arithmetic was adapted into a 1999 television film with the same title, starring Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy. Jane Yolen has written two other powerful books about the Holocaust for young adults: Briar Rose and Mapping the Bones.
What do you think is the purpose of the story's rising action?
Draw / write: What do you think will happen next in the story, based on the rising action?
How does the rising action make you feel about the characters in The Devil's Arithmetic?
What does the rising action make you think about the Holocaust and its impact on survivors?