Writing project with MSUB professor Dave Casario: Free write + discussion on the following prompts
Elie reflects, "Our backyard looked like a marketplace. Valuable objects, precious rugs, silver candlesticks, Bibles and other ritual objects were strewn over the dusty grounds—pitiful relics that seemed never to have had a home. All this under a magnificent blue sky."
What is the relationship between our individuality and our most precious possessions? What happens when these objects are taken away or disrespected?
In this story, large groups of people are crammed into cattle cars and given a limited supply of bread and water. The soldiers warn their captives that, if anyone should escape, another prisoner will be shot. Suppose that you are one of the prisoners on the train. Choose one of the following questions to complete:
A. Imagine that you are a prisoner trying to escape. What would you say to the person who will be shot in your absence? Compose a letter to this person justifying your reasons for escape.
B. Imagine that you are the person to be shot. What would you say to the person who escapes? Compose a letter to this person explaining your feelings.