The Little School

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Disappearance of the Opposition 1 Running Head: Disappearance of the Opposition The Disappearance of the Argentinean Opposition Garrett Mehlberg Northern Arizona University  
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Disappearance of the Opposition 2 The Little School is a book about the terrible imprisonment, or disappearance, of  the Peronists and many others considered “radicals” to the government. More  importantly though the book shows that although things seem hopeless there are  always ways to find hope even when things seem to be at their darkest. Each chapter is  filled with stories about a particular topic and how they had to watch their back and the  backs of their friends even thought they are blindfolded.  Although it is subtle another  theme comes out in the book, although they were imprisoned, and many of them lost all  they had, sometimes including their life, most of them believed that it was worth it to  create a better world. Everything is treasured and more than it seems in the little school.  For example, the only possession the Alicia Partnoy owned was a matchbox with a false  tooth that the guards knocked out. She also rolled up her bread everyday into twenty  five little balls and played with them and savored them for the day, even sharing when  she could. The hardships and beatings happened frequently, whereas exercise and  relaxing were rare; many did not survive the little school and of those that did none of  them will ever forget the school. The book does not end with her release but with her  getting ready for what she believes is her death. The appendix that follows that has lists  of the guards and the captors at the little school and, if she knew, how and when they  died. 
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Disappearance of the Opposition 3 Alicia Partnoy shows many different ways that she found hope even while  she was being beat and molested. First, everyday first thing in the morning that she said  to herself was, “I, Alicia Partnoy, am still alive.” (Partnoy 1986) Confirming that you are  alive can bring hope even to the most downtrodden person, but the hope you would get 
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