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Quotations Un Sac de Billes
Terms in this set (31)
Brotherhood pg 13
"Un frère est quelqu'un qui on rend la dernière bille qu'on vient de lui gagner"
Shows the relationship between the boys is strong throughout the book. Also shows Maurice looks out for his brother when he needs help or is sad.
Brotherhood pg 69
"j'ai toujours 'senti' son absence"
As the boys spent most of their time especially since they left Paris, Jo senses Maurice isn't there when he wakes up in the barn. This reflects how close they are.
Brotherhood pg 92
"nous nous sommes toujours sentis mieux après"
After arguing about little things they boys always make up and feel better afterwards because they are just like other siblings.
Brotherhood pg 151
"C'est très bien de vous sacrifer"
Maurice doesn't want to do pottery at the camp they are staying at but Jo does so this shows Maurice is willing to stay with his brother no matter what. Shows Maurice is selfless.
Brotherhood pg 175
"Maurice ne tique pas"
Maurice has taken on the father as his role model and he takes care of Jo. He is also the braver and more confident one and doesn't seem scared during the interrogation
Brotherhood pg 178
"Cette fois nous sommes séparés"
This is one of the first times the two boys won't be together and the short sentence shows the fear Jo has of not having his brother with him.
Brotherhood pg 185
"Maurice me forçait."
Maurice has taken on the role of their parents as he forces Jo to eat his food. This shows maturity yet vulnerability
Brotherhood pg 214
"je n'ai jamais pu supporter, c'est que l'on me dise que je ressemble à mon frère"
After everything the two boys have been through Jo hates being told he looks like his brother because it makes him less him. We can relate this to the marbles because Jo's favourite marble isn't the biggest or the best yet he can relate to this especially after being compared to his brother.
Family pg 38
"nous nous retrouverions après la guerre"
Shows hope that they will return as a family when the war is over
Family pg 98
"la même odeur qu'autrefois."
When the boys reunite with their older brothers they feel like they are home again due to the familiar scent.
Family pg 99
"nous étions tous contents"
An element of peace has been brought back as the family has reunited
Family pg 136
"c'est un jour important le 8 novembre"
Whilst the family were in Nice it was the mother's birthday. The family celebrated it like any other year which i think reminded them of tradition opposed to the war
Family pg 148
"il va falloir des nouveau nous séparer"
the family have to separate again which is difficult for the boys as they don't know when they will see their family again
Family pg 200
"Au revoir. Jo, et....sois sage"
After the boys leave the interrogation and return to the 'summer camp', Jo receives a phone call from his father. The emotion is really strong and heartbreaking as this is the last time the boys will speak to their father.
Family pg 203
"Tout se met à tourner"
When Jo found out his father was arrested Jo doesn't cry his head just starts spinning
Identity pg 15
"Dehors se gondolent deux petits Juifs.
The fact of the two small Jews laughing is ironic because of what they are about to go through. This highlights their innocence.
Identity pg 25
" l'étoile jaune cousue à gros points : JUIF"
This is the first time the boys have seen the Star of David and they do not know it will change their lives. The mother has more knowledge and her hands shake as she sews the stars on.
Identity pg 28
"Le Juif cherchant à posséder le monde"
The imagery of the post has influenced his classmates and they think the Jews are bad because they are trying fight against the regulations. The boys don't really understand why they are getting attention from the students and being invisible.
Identity pg 11
"il est bon d'avoir la terre dans sa poche"
When Jo talks about his marbles it shows his innocence at the beginning of the novel. He talks about having the whole world in his pocket which foreshadows his journey.
Identity pg 11
"La bille roule entre mes doigts au fond de ma poche"
This is the first line of the novel and one of the most important as he goes on to explain that this certain marble isn't the biggest or the best but it gives Jo confidence. He perhaps lives a little in the shadow of his older brothers especially Maurice as they are bigger and smarter however by having something he can take pride in is important.
Identity pg 216
"Grandi, durci, changé..."
Jo talks about how the war has taken his childhood and changed him into a harder man. He has grown massively since the beginning of the novel.
Identity pg 243
"Joseph Joffo, je suis juif."
The first time he is able approved his identity throughout the novel. Shows a sense of freedom and pride in his religion.
Journey pg 24
"Il a refermé la porte, nous sommes dans le noir"
When the father closes the door there is a sense of uncertainty and it leaves the boys in the dark which foreshadows how it is going to be when they leave home.
Journey pg 60
"le plus curieux et le plus joyeuxde ma vie"
Although they are delivering meats for the passeur and they are mindful of the war, Jo experiences the feeling of being grown up and independent. A positive element to their journey
Journey pg 77
"il faut que je m'arrête ... je n'ai pas assez dormi."
The boys are weak and it reflects when they haven't had a proper night sleep like every boys their age needs to survive. (continued)
Journey (and identity) pg 216
"la peau de mes talons a dû durcir"
He has gotten stronger during his journey, physically and mentally. The war has given the boys determination to survive and has pushed them far.
Journey pg 101
"Je dormis dix-sept heures d'un coup"
The journey has drained them and this reminds the audience they are just two young boys.
Journey (and symbols) pg 51
"J'avais avec moi mon inséparable musette"
The knapsacks are a significant symbol in the novel as they represent the boys journey. As he says 'inseparable' it show that their journey is not close to ending and they still have a while to push through.
Journey pg 129
"La vie était belle."
When they are in Nice the boys really enjoy life and enjoy selling and buying products. It gives them the sense of freedom and independence that they love.
Journey pg 198
"C'est fini, on en est sorti"
Once Jo and Maurice leave the interrogation a sense of freedom overcomes them.
Journey pg 199
"je sais seulement que je vais vivre"
Determination builds up inside Jo and after everything he has been through he knows now he will not die before the war is over.
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