1. Over the story, we will notice several attitude changes toward Blima’s appearance. Some of them can be cause for her style of life or inclusive for her family. At the beginning when she feels no be too pretty like her sister Adele, who was recognized for everyone because of her beauty, however, her mother makes her to change that idea because Blima had something much better than exterior beauty and is her intelligence, enthusiasm, self-motivation. In addition, after the nightmare that she lives, she return to think that she do not have a good appearance because on what she lives in prison and how she looks after that, also she thinks that everybody look different at her.
2. Sometimes, when you have something you not realize what you got until you lose it. That what happened with Blima, when she have everything (food, shoes, cloth) at her house she want more. At the story, explains that one day she want go to out and she cannot find her new party shoes and Blima make a mess the whole house looking for the shoes and she do not found anything. This incident has a good relation with what happened later, because when Blima went to prison she does not have anything, no shoes, and no cloth. From those days, she does not care about the thing that she had.
3. When Blima goes on prison, she does not believe in nobody, even on her friend Clara. However, at her first day that the prison she had been selected to work. At the next day, when Blima go to her first day of work, she notice that at the factory are two women overseers, both women look really wicked. One of them notice that Blima do not know how use the machines. Silently go directly where Blima was and ask what her name was immediately Blima tell her name she ask from where she from and Blima tell her.
After all of that Gizella ask if Blima knows how to sew, Blima do not answer but Gizella notice that Blima do not know what she was doing,so Gizella teach Blima how to sew. At the next, Gizella bring bread to Blima. When Blima was eating the bread, Gizella ask where her mother was and Blima almost crying said that she do not have any idea, in that instant Gizella said to Blima that in prison, she will be her mother and she kiss Blima’s forehead. Gizella bring bread and talk to Blima every single day in private, because if other overseers see any of this, they will kill Gizella.
4. Right now, all over the United States have this situation, people taking other people from their houses, places and streets. The only difference is that in the past, this action was something natural and the people were call “slaves” now we call them “kidnapper”. This people are kidnap for money and sometimes for pleasure. Three Defiant Characters: In our daily life, we protect our rights no matter what. In The Story of Blima: A Holocaust Survivor, three characters quietly defy the Nazis.
The first who defy the Nazis is Magda, the second who stands up is Ruschia and the third one is Lydia who disobeys the Nazis. One character who defies the Nazis is Magda. At the prison, when she one day dared look a soldier in the eye and one night they was marching in the woods from Grunberg, the labor camp to Bergen-Belsen and Magda was taken for a boy-soldier to take a walk apart from the rest. Soon the boy-soldier emerges alone from the forest, rubbing his hands and spitting hard into the ground. A second character who stands up the Nazis is Ruschia.
Who is very sick with Typhus and with problems with her legs, she stay with her sister in law Blima and her sister Sophie thru the end until the bus picks up them and gives the freedom. Finally, a third character who disobeys to the Nazis is Lydia. Who one day, she try insert her finger between the planks from which a sliver of peel peeks and silently Herr Commandant open the door silently and slams Lydia’s hand with her boot. Three Supportive Women: In The Story of Blima: A Holocaust Survivor, author Shirley Russak Wachtel presents scenes depicting the worst that human beings are capable of, and the best.
She skillfully contrasts her mother’s suffering at the hands of the Nazis with the loving treatment that Blima receives from three strong women. In the course of the story, Blima receives loving support from her mother; from the labor guard, Gizella; and from her sister-in-law, Ruschia. Blima’s mother, “Mama,” demonstrate her love and support for Blima on several occasions. At the beginning, when Blima feels sad because she think that she is not pretty enough like her sister Adele, but her mother told her how pretty she was no matter how she feels or what the other people said to her.
In addition, her mother let her know that no matter how she looks, long as she speaks the truth to everybody. Gizella, the labor camp guard at Grunberg, also shows compassionate caring toward Blima. On prison, Gizella was Blima’s mother, also Gizella give food to Blima when she is hungry does not have anything to eat. Ruschia, Blima’s sister-in-law, is a third woman who gives Blima loving support. Ruschia was like a sister to Blima, every time that Blima needs something; Ruschia was always there for her. At prison, Blima think that she will die in there alone, but Ruschia found Pamela Vargas her and both gave each other support.
They go the rest of the time like this thru the final and Ruschia never leave Blima alone. In contrast to the warped “masculinity” of the Nazis, Blima’s mother, the labor camp guard, Gizella, and her sister-in-law Ruschia each embody the principle of woman as nurturer. Although they cannot actually defeat the Nazis, these women impart to Blima positive values and wise advice that aid and inspire her to survive the Holocaust years. Additional Essay Assignment: Every nation has different rituals, customs or/and traditions. From where I am from, Puerto Rico, we celebrate different things all over the year.
The most popular celebration comes on Christmas. But, I will talk about three of them, which are “La promesa de los Tres Reyes Magos” (The Kings' Promise), “El caballo de paso fino” (The horse of thin step), “Las Mascaras de Hatillo” (The Mask of Hatillo). First, The Kings' Promise is the habit of crying out to a health for his intervention in a moment of need in exchange for a personal treatment that the devout one does in a difficult moment, in what the solution is out of his scope. The person cries out the Saint Kings and there is done agreement or commitment to pay a promise. The celebration of the promise can be by day or night.
The family re-joins, neighbors and guests to say prayers, to pray or to sing the rosary or for the interpretation of bonuses. The promise wraps a series of rituals. In addition, appetizers are prepared beforehand local dishes, dessert. Follow by; Thin Step is the way of walking of Puerto Rican horses. In contrast, for the regular horses, they move the legs from the same side at the same time, this movement been defined as wings. The movement though it is fast, is very soft. The legs rise scarcely a few inches with the movements with the giblets, balancing his body in such a way that his loin does not move on having walked.
The horse of thin step does not stamp any movement on the rider. The rider has of sharp without moving shoulders, his legs or feet. The horse must stamp a fingerprint, in that the trodden ones do not tread on one with others. There must be an equal and regular distance between fingerprints. At all-time the front legs must take the rhythm and regularity with the back legs. It must support his step on having turned off a side that of other one with the major possible smoothness. His tail will take it towards out and it must not shake it. The last one will be The Mask of Hatillo Day. This custom arrives with the settlers of 19 century; they were from the Canary Island.
It is a religious holiday. It represents the day that Herod, found out about Jesus' birth and this one decides to kill the children. Because of it on December 27, there is the parade of the children that represents Jesus in the Flight of Egypt. Next day the young men of the people masked go for the houses where food is given, moreover there is music and people dancing. All of this celebration had sentimental feeling. On those days, my whole family is together and we celebrate those days in union and happiness. Dancing, eating, laughing you spend your day.