Dawn

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Dawn
Chapter 1 Takes place in Palestine. The narrator knows that he has to kill a man
tomorrow. He doesn’t know who it is but he knows what he has to do. The man
that was going to die was an Englishman. The reason that he had to kill was
because there is a war. Beggar. A man that taught the narrator the difference
between night and day. Narrator met him while he was at the synagogue. The man
wears black clothes. The narrator met the man when he was 12 years old. The
narrator, as a child admitted to the beggar that he was definitely afraid of the
beggar. "Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and
dreaming." (4) The man wants to teach the narrator to distinguish between
night and day. The beggar taught the narrator to look into the dusk and there
would be a face that would appear. Night has a face and day does not. The face
that appears is of a dead person. The night before the narrator does what he has
to do, he looks into the night and sees his own face. There is going to be an
execution at dawn. All of the executions happened at dawn. The "Movement"
always kept their word. A month earlier there was one of their fighters that had
been on a terrorist operation. He was hauled in by the police and they found
weapons on him. They hung the man. By law this is what they were supposed to do.

This was the tenth death sentence by the mandatory power in Palestine. The

"Old Man" decided that things had gone far enough and now he was not going
to allow the English to rule any longer. The Old Man ordered that a military
officer be kidnapped. They kidnapped Captain John Dawson who walked alone at
night. (6) This made the country very tense. The English ordered a 24 hour
curfew. They searched every house, and also arrested hundreds of suspects. Tanks
were stationed at the crossroads, barbed wire barricades at street corners. They
did not find the hostage. The High Commissioner of Palestine said that the whole
country would be held responsible for the murder of the Captain, if he was in
fact murdered. A few people got in touch with the Old Man and told him not to go
too far. They wanted the man that was supposed to die, to live. If he died than
the Captain would die. The mother of the Captain demanded that the English give
up the young Jew so that she could have her son back. The men told her that

"The Jews will never do it." (8) The Palestinians would not give up the

Captain because it would show a sign of weakness. The English would not agree to
the pardon because it would show a sign of weakness. It was announced over radio
that the Jew was to be executed the next day. They said nothing about the

Captain but everyone knew that he would die also. The narrator asked Gad who was
going to kill the Captain who was going to kill the Captain. He replied "You
are." It was an order from the Old Man. To Gad it was not a big deal. The
narrator was amazed by the whole thing. Definite connection to Night. Foreshadow
of events. Not wanting to Kill. But being ordered. Chapter 2 The narrator’s
name is Elisha. Age 18. "Gad had recruited me for the Movement and brought me
to Palestine. He had made me into a terrorist." (11) The narrator was held in

Buchenwald, a prison camp during the World War. The Americans liberated it and
then they offered to send him home. He rejected it because he knew that his
parents were dead and that his house and lands were under the control of foreign
hands. He went to Paris and that is where he met Gad. He was offered asylum in

France. He wanted to learn the language and go to school. but Gad came into his
life. "The study of philosophy attracted me because I wanted to understand the
meaning of the events of which I had been the victim." (12) "In the
concentration camp I had cried out in sorrow and anger against God and also
against man, who seemed to have inherited only the cruelty of his creator."
(12) Gad, one night, knocked on the narrators door and walked in. The narrator
did not have any acquaintances in

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