It narrates the story of the Twelve-year-old Anton Steenwijk , who lives in the outskirts of Haarlem This is the time of the Nazi occupation. In the events that soon follow, Anton loses his family and is sent to live in the care of his aunt and uncle. Anton later marries twice and has two children.
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It narrates the story of the Twelve-year-old Anton Steenwijk , who lives in the outskirts of Haarlem This is the time of the Nazi occupation. In the events that soon follow, Anton loses his family and is sent to live in the care of his aunt and uncle. Anton later marries twice and has two children. He still harbors repressed memories of his past, not quite understanding the events that changed his life forever. He gets to know more about these events by chance and is sometimes overwhelmed due to his past experiences.
He carefully analyses the whole dynamic of the past situation, trying to understand it more extensively. At this very time, there is a rise of a Dutch society from the war. In , he finds his way back to Haarlem. He visits the monument that had been erected in honor of those who had perished that night with his family.
In , he learns more about the events of that night as well as the assassination of Fake Ploeg, however it is in when he finally finds out why his family suffered the fate that they did. Update this section!
Structure and Narration in The Assault by Harry Mulisch
This fits perfectly with the way Anton moves through time and history in the course of the novel. In addition, the last part of the prologue is a metaphor for the consequences of the assault: The motorboats were different. Pitching, their prows would tear the water into a V shape that spread until it reached both sides of the canal. There the water would suddenly begin to lap up and down, even though the boat was already far away. Then the waves bounced back and formed an inverted V, which interfered with the original V, reached the opposite side transformed, and bounced back again — until all across the water a complicated braiding of ripples developed which went on changing for several minutes, then finally smoothed out. The following chapters describe the action during the time indicated.
Plot[ edit ] The novel consists of a brief prologue and five "episodes" dated , , , , and Twelve-year-old Anton Steenwijk is living with his parents and older brother on the outskirts of Haarlem in January under Nazi Occupation. One evening they hear shots and discover that Fake Ploeg, a prominent Dutch collaborator, has been shot. As Nazi authorities transport him to Amsterdam a German soldier dies trying to protect him when the convoy is attacked from the air. They place him in the care of an aunt and uncle there.
Oct 17, [P] rated it really liked it Theres a popular argument for the existence of God, which is that the world, as we see and experience it, is complexly ordered, and so someone must be responsible for this order. Which is nice and logical, of course, but, rightly or wrongly, when I look at the world I dont see harmony, I see chaos, especially where humanity is concerned. When I think about human existence it strikes me as overwhelmingly random. The Assault spans decades in the life of Anton Steenwijk. Despite the war, the atmosphere in the Steenwijk household is peaceful, domestic; the family are spending the evening together; the eldest son is doing his homework, with the help of his father; the mother is unravelling a sweater. Later, they start to play a board game. Then, with no warning, six gunshots punctuate the night like the sound of the flapping of giant moth wings, and everything changes.
The Assault Summary