Re: Ch. 2, Under the Raft
I think that is a great observation lindad. By the way, do you mind me calling you lindad?
During this period there were many things people were hiding, and hiding from. The Jews were hiding, people hid their shame, their fear, their money, and many had to hide their anti patriot feelings for their country. Oskar decides to stop growing at three years old, he is hiding too, hiding in the body of a child. He may have believed that this was the safest shelter for him.
"Is the world too difficult to bear"?
I think a loss of innocence is difficult to bear. The horrors of WWII made the whole world less innocent. Life styles were changed, people's perceptions of one another changed. It's very simular to how many Americans felt after 9/11.
This theme of hiding is an excellent one to follow, and I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on what you find through out the book.