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STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FIXER BY BERNARD MALAMUD
The Deputy Warden
Point of View
Third person limited
Mostly past tense. Chapter VIII, 2, written in the present tense, is an exception
The rising action occurs between the arrest of Yakov Bok and his refusal to sign a confession.
Chronologically, the exposition comes before the rising action. It is separated from the rising action by the inciting moment. In the exposition, we see Yakov in the shtetl, on his journey to Kiev, and trying to get settled in Kiev. The exposition ends when Yakov is arrested, the inciting moment.
In The Fixer, the author first presents the inciting
moment, and then he takes us back in time to when Yakov was living in
the shtetl. The story proceeds chronologically from there. At the end
of Chapter II, we are again at the time of Yakov’s arrest. The tale continues
chronologically from there.
The climax occurs when Yakov writes a statement that what is in the confession is a lie in the place where he is expected to sign the confession.
The outcome occurs as Yakov is taken via carriage to his trial.
Man’s Inhumanity to Man
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