History Literature / TheDevilsArithmetic

8th Apr '17 8:13:11 PM Jayalaw
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* BittersweetEnding: Hannah/Chaya manages to save Rivka by [[spoiler:taking her place to go to the gas chambers. This gives Rivka a chance to run.]]


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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Hannah before she knew about the Holocaust drew a series of numbers on her arm to show her grandfather Wolf, so that she could be like him. This was done as good intentions. This caused Wolf to yell at her, and the adults have a hard time explaining to Hannah what she did wrong. As a result she waits for the ink to wash off and doesn't talk to her grandfather.
4th Dec '16 4:14:25 PM Tanzmetall
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''The Devil's Arithmetic'' is a 1988 HistoricalFiction novel by Creator/JaneYolen about a teenaged Jewish girl named Hannah, who is transported through time to a 1942 Polish concentration camp. Hannah goes from being disrespectful of Jewish beliefs to realizing the importance of remembering after seeing the horrors of the time.

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''The Devil's Arithmetic'' is a 1988 HistoricalFiction novel by Creator/JaneYolen about a teenaged Jewish girl named Hannah, who is transported through time to a 1942 Polish German concentration camp.camp in occupied Poland. Hannah goes from being disrespectful of Jewish beliefs to realizing the importance of remembering after seeing the horrors of the time.
19th Oct '16 4:02:14 AM fearlessnikki
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It was made into an {{Anvilicious}} movie starring Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/BrittanyMurphy in 1999.

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It was made adapted into an {{Anvilicious}} movie a MadeForTVMovie starring Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/BrittanyMurphy in 1999.



* [[DubNameChange Adaptation Name Change]]: In the novel when Hannah goes into the past, she assumes the identity of Chaya. In the movie her name is still Hannah.
* AdaptedOut: Rivka's brother Wolfe in the film. He is replaced with her mother Mina, who doubles as a CompositeCharacter of Hannah's aunt and uncle.
** Several minor characters as well, such as Rachel, Esther, and Shifre, who Hannah meets at the wedding, and the female camp guard.
** A female guard is heard very briefly during the scene where Hannah and the other women must change into camp clothes, but it's not the same one as in the book.

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* [[DubNameChange Adaptation Name Change]]: AdaptationNameChange: In the novel when Hannah goes into the past, she assumes the identity of Chaya. In the movie her name is still Hannah.
* AdaptedOut: AdaptedOut:
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Rivka's brother Wolfe in the film. He is replaced with her mother Mina, who doubles as a CompositeCharacter of Hannah's aunt and uncle.
** Several minor characters as well, such as Rachel, Esther, and Shifre, who Hannah meets at the wedding, and the female camp guard.
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guard. A female guard is heard very briefly during the scene where Hannah and the other women must change into camp clothes, but it's not the same one as in the book.



* AdultFear

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* AdultFearAdultFear: Your daughter ending up alone in a strange place where you can't protect her from the horrors that await her. There's also [[spoiler: the woman who has to hide her pregnancy and later her baby from the guards]].



* AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped: The point of the book and the movie, to introduce young teenagers to the the Holocaust.



* CassandraTruth: Hannah when telling the men about the failed escape attempt.
** Also, Hannah when trying to tell anybody that she's from the future and thus knows what the Nazis are up to.

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* CassandraTruth: CassandraTruth:
** Once
Hannah when telling finds out what year it is, she realises that the guards interrupting the wedding are Nazis, and what is in store for everyone. But there's nothing she can do about it.
** She also realises from something her grandfather said about a botched escape attempt - that the Jews won't be able to escape. [[spoiler: The escape indeed is betrayed and
the men about die in the failed escape attempt.
** Also, Hannah when trying to tell anybody that she's from the future and thus knows what the Nazis are up to.
attempt]].



* IdentityAmnesia: While Hannah's hair is being cut off, she realizes she can't remember her old life at all, and eventually just believes Hannah never existed.
** As the book draws to a close, Hannah's camp memories begin fading, and her old life comes into sharper focus.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted completely. The Rabbi's young children are killed early on and 11-year-old Sarah is gassed at the end, to say nothing of the literal baby born at the camp who is carried off with her mother to presumably be killed.]]

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* IdentityAmnesia: While Hannah's hair is being cut off, she realizes she can't remember her old life at all, and eventually just believes Hannah never existed.
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existed. As the book draws to a close, Hannah's camp memories begin fading, and her old life comes into sharper focus.
* InfantImmortality: InfantImmortality:
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[[spoiler: Averted completely. The Rabbi's young children are killed early on and 11-year-old Sarah is gassed at the end, to say nothing of the literal baby born at the camp who is carried off with her mother to presumably be killed.]]



* MeaningfulEcho: Not explicitly stated but left in with a bit of FridgeBrilliance. When Hannah is speaking to her Aunt Eva she remarks "the way you speak, I will never get over it". Rivka says the same thing in the past once which makes sense [[spoiler: since they're the same person]].

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* MeaningfulEcho: MeaningfulEcho:
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Not explicitly stated but left in with a bit of FridgeBrilliance. When Hannah is speaking to her Aunt Eva she remarks "the way you speak, I will never get over it". Rivka says the same thing in the past once which makes sense [[spoiler: since they're the same person]].



* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: Rivka tells Hannah that she will rename herself Eva when she leaves the camp. Hannah realises that Rivka will become her Aunt Eva in the future]].



* ShotAtDawn

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* ShotAtDawnShotAtDawn: [[spoiler: The men who tried to escape get hanged in front of everyone at dawn]].



* TraumaticHaircut: TruthInTelevision as all the Jews have their hair shorn when they enter the camp. In the book Hannah remarks she has trouble telling the other women apart.
* WarIsHell
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
* YouAreNumberSix

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* TraumaticHaircut: TruthInTelevision as all the Jews have their hair shorn when they enter the camp. In the book Hannah remarks she has trouble telling the other women apart.
apart afterwards.
* WarIsHell
TrueBlueFemininity: The dress Hannah wears to Passover is blue.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
WarIsHell: Hannah learns this by experiencing the horrors of the concentration camp.
* YouAreNumberSixUsefulNotes/WorldWarII: This one is set just before the war breaks out.
* YouAreNumberSix: As expected, the Jews each get numbers tattooed on their arms. This parallels Hannah's desire to get a tattoo at the beginning of the film.
19th Aug '16 4:09:21 PM Angeldeb82
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* AdaptedOut: Rivka's brother Wolf in the film. He is replaced with her mother Mina, who doubles as a CompositeCharacter of Hannah's aunt and uncle.

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* AdaptedOut: Rivka's brother Wolf Wolfe in the film. He is replaced with her mother Mina, who doubles as a CompositeCharacter of Hannah's aunt and uncle.



* DeathByAdaptation: A borderline example. In both [[spoiler: Hannah sacrifices herself and goes to the gas chambers in Rivka's place]]. In the novel it is only implied as [[spoiler: Hannah realizes as she walks into the gas chambers that she is walking back through the apartment door in the future]]. The film however actually shows it happening, complete with a shot of [[spoiler: Hannah's body.]]
* FanDisservice: Twice. First when the women are ordered to strip to their underwear when they enter the camp. Secondly when [[spoiler: they are about to be gassed.]]

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* DeathByAdaptation: A borderline example. In both [[spoiler: Hannah sacrifices herself and goes to the gas chambers in Rivka's place]]. In the novel it is only implied as [[spoiler: Hannah realizes as she walks into the gas chambers that she is walking back through the apartment door in the future]]. The film however actually shows it happening, complete with a shot of [[spoiler: Hannah's body.]]
body]].
* FanDisservice: Twice. First when the women are ordered to strip to their underwear when they enter the camp. Secondly when [[spoiler: they are about to be gassed.]]gassed]].



* StableTimeLoop: In both the book and the movie, although the movie makes it more explicit

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* StableTimeLoop: In both the book and the movie, although the movie makes it more explicitexplicit.



* TranslationConvention: In the book, Hannah realizes she is neither speaking nor hearing English but instead that she now understands Yiddish as if it were English. In the movie dialogue that presumably be in either Yiddish or German is rendered in English, as are prayers which presumably would be primarily spoken in Hebrew (although there are some prayers that are left untranslated, most notably the rabbi screaming out the Mourner's Kaddish with a distinct Ashkenazi accent)

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* TranslationConvention: In the book, Hannah realizes she is neither speaking nor hearing English but instead that she now understands Yiddish as if it were English. In the movie the dialogue that would presumably be in either Yiddish or German is rendered in English, as are prayers which presumably would be primarily spoken in Hebrew (although there are some prayers that are left untranslated, most notably the rabbi screaming out the Mourner's Kaddish with a distinct Ashkenazi accent)accent).



* WorldWarII

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* WorldWarIIUsefulNotes/WorldWarII
8th Jul '16 3:31:42 PM reconditarmonia
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** Hannah's little brother Aaron is also adapted out, and with him, one of the original major plot points: when the camp is inspected, young children must disappear or be killed, so they hide in the garbage heap or ''midden.'' This gives Hannah a brief flashback of her little brother hiding Passover ''afikomen'' in the bathroom laundry hamper.

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** Hannah's little brother Aaron is also adapted out, and with him, one of the original major plot points: when the camp is inspected, young children must disappear or be killed, so they hide in the garbage heap or ''midden.'' midden. This gives Hannah a brief flashback of her little brother hiding Passover ''afikomen'' in the bathroom laundry hamper.



** Played fairly straight with one child in the book. Hannah carries Leye's baby into the ''midden'' during a camp inspection, saving her from the gas. The book's epilogue tells us Leye and her baby, "a solemn three-year-old," had survived.

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** Played fairly straight with one child in the book. Hannah carries Leye's baby into the ''midden'' midden during a camp inspection, saving her from the gas. The book's epilogue tells us Leye and her baby, "a solemn three-year-old," had survived.
12th Mar '16 12:07:05 AM aye_amber
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!!!Tropes used by the novel:

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!!!Tropes
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used by the novel:



* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with Hannah knowing the outcome about the escape attempt. [[spoiler: The men don't listen to her and end up getting hanged]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with Hannah knowing the outcome about the escape attempt. [[spoiler: The men don't listen to her and end up getting hanged]].hanged.]]



* DeathByAdaptation: A borderline example. In both [[spoiler: Hannah sacrifices herself and goes to the gas chambers in Rivka's place]]. In the novel it is only implied as [[spoiler: Hannah realizes as she walks into the gas chambers that she is walking back through the apartment door in the future]]. The film however actually shows it happening, complete with a shot of [[spoiler: Hannah's body]].
* FanDisservice: Twice. First when the women are ordered to strip to their underwear when they enter the camp. Secondly when [[spoiler: they are about to be gassed]].

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* DeathByAdaptation: A borderline example. In both [[spoiler: Hannah sacrifices herself and goes to the gas chambers in Rivka's place]]. In the novel it is only implied as [[spoiler: Hannah realizes as she walks into the gas chambers that she is walking back through the apartment door in the future]]. The film however actually shows it happening, complete with a shot of [[spoiler: Hannah's body]].
body.]]
* FanDisservice: Twice. First when the women are ordered to strip to their underwear when they enter the camp. Secondly when [[spoiler: they are about to be gassed]].gassed.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: Chaya [[spoiler:who Hannah has been reincarnated as]] saves Rivka this way.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Chaya [[spoiler:who [[spoiler: who Hannah has been reincarnated as]] saves Rivka this way.



* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted completely. The Rabbi's young children are killed early on and 11-year-old Sarah is gassed at the end, to say nothing of the literal baby born at the camp who is carried off with her mother to presumably be killed]].

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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted completely. The Rabbi's young children are killed early on and 11-year-old Sarah is gassed at the end, to say nothing of the literal baby born at the camp who is carried off with her mother to presumably be killed]].killed.]]
20th Feb '16 6:11:07 PM PurpleWarrior13
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It was made into an {{Anvilicious}} movie starring Kirsten Dunst in 1999.

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It was made into an {{Anvilicious}} movie starring Kirsten Dunst Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/BrittanyMurphy in 1999.
29th Jul '15 3:45:11 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* FoodPorn: In-universe, in the book and movie. The book shows Hannah and her friend Shifre discussing favorite foods while working in the camp. Hannah has a brief flash of memory and attempts to describe pizza, but gets upset because she can't. In the movie, Hannah actually does describe pizza to the entire women's barrack. They don't know what it is, but Hannah's expression and tone reveal she is experiencing true food-based nostalgia.


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**As the book draws to a close, Hannah's camp memories begin fading, and her old life comes into sharper focus.
29th Jan '15 10:50:18 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**Played fairly straight with one child in the book. Hannah carries Leye's baby into the ''midden'' during a camp inspection, saving her from the gas. The book's epilogue tells us Leye and her baby, "a solemn three-year-old," had survived.
29th Jan '15 10:48:04 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**A female guard is heard very briefly during the scene where Hannah and the other women must change into camp clothes, but it's not the same one as in the book.
**Hannah's little brother Aaron is also adapted out, and with him, one of the original major plot points: when the camp is inspected, young children must disappear or be killed, so they hide in the garbage heap or ''midden.'' This gives Hannah a brief flashback of her little brother hiding Passover ''afikomen'' in the bathroom laundry hamper.
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