The theme developed throughout four literary elements: Setting Character Symbol Plot setting:The theme of oppressed identity is developed by using the setting as a big part of it The novel takes place in the time period of World War Two when the Jewish people were not able to live their lives freely and independently because of some complication that hitler imposed on them. at that time Hitler promoted hatred toward jews and commanded his forces which is the Nazis to exile the Jewish People to forced labour camps.The camps had bad and scary conditions in it like the barbed wire and the types of work that has forced anyone to be exposed to cold.. This setting contributes to the theme of oppressed identity by showing the suffering of the jewish people. Plot:The theme of oppressed identity developed to the plot when the book started with an event of gathering all the jewsih men and rejecting them to live normal lives . the rising action is when their suffering had started in the camp because of their religion.