What is it that triggers michaels desire does hanna

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What is it that triggers Michael’s desire? Does Hanna desire Michael? What does their relationship tell you about their attitude toward the other gender? What triggers Michael’s desire: 13-14 Michael watches Hanna change her clothing, putting on stockings 15 it is not so much her body, but the way she holds herself and moves 16 Hanna follows the rhythms of her own body (like a “mare”) Seductiveness = “invitation to forget the world in the recesses of the body” (her body = mother’s body = incest?) - Different from his friends/classmates, more mature - “motherly” figure: age, maturity Does Hanna desire Michael: 24 looks Michael over calmly when he is naked for the first time 26 Hanna on top of Michael, seeks and finds sexual gratification 32-33 likes a certain ritual: reading, bath (mother-child ritual), sex - Hanna desires Michael but remains distant from him - Shares her body with him but is emotionally detached from him - Michael has no emotional control over Hanna Attitude toward the other gender: Michael: older women = sex; young girls = flirt (not quite grown up yet?) - Older women as a part of transition to manhood: from mother to mother-like older woman to girl/woman of his own age - Always ends up comparing Hanna with whoever he meets that’s a female Hanna: needs control over sexual relationship; other gender has to be weaker = can only interact intimately with boys Part Two and Three, pages 87-217: 1. What is illiteracy? How does it affect a person’s life? How does Hanna’s illiteracy affect her (daily) life, career and relationships? 132-134 her life is governed by fear of exposure - No freedom of choice - Influences career choices: avoids promotion to positions where her illiteracy would be discovered - Third Reich: becomes KZ guard, admits to writing the letter - Disadvantages at the trial 138 cripple, shame paralyzes Hanna Life: not being able to read, led her to her conviction because she couldn’t read/review what she was being accused of - Makes surroundings mysterious/scary
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o Don’t know what’s written around you (memorize things) Career: went from being in a powerful SS position, to a low-paying, mindless job (dead end careers) Relationship: introverted because she doesn’t want people to get too close and find out her secret - Can’t have long term relationships o People will find out her secret or she needs to move away from her job and leave everyone behind 2. A) What do you personally associate with the act of reading to someone? Maternal Gesture: putting someone to bed, act of affection Teacher to student: older, authoritative, often more experienced person conveying knowledge to younger student - In both situations, Michael and Hanna’s roles are reversed: “kids” read to “mother” - Hanna is old enough to be Michael’s mother, role model (authority) and she has more life experience to be his teacher. However she takes the role of a student because she is illiterate - She should have less power but she can hide this from the readers because of her experience B) Who are “the readers” in the story?
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  • Winter '14
  • Interpersonal relationship, Hanna, Dallow, • Dallow

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