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THE HIDING PLACE STUDY GUIDE
7.) The fleas that crawl through the straw at Ravensbruck represent
God’s intervention. Because of them, the guards wouldn’t go in the barracks,
and so Betsie and Corrie were able to hold Bible studies without the guards
8.) The worship services they held each night were attended by women of all faiths. Corrie called them little previews of heaven.
9.) When Corrie rewinds the old clock at the Beje after she gets
out of prison, it symbolizes that time and life move on.
There are also examples of metaphors which are direct comparisons made between
characters and ideas:
1.) Father reads frequently from the Book of Isaiah about how
God is our hiding place and our shield. This is a metaphor for what the
Beje will become during the war.
2.) When Corrie asked as a child that father tell her about sex,
he made her try to pick up his heavy suitcase on the train. When she couldn’t
do it, he said that the same was true in life: there are some things to
heavy for us to know until we are old enough to bear the burden. The heavy
suitcase is a metaphor for the burdens of life.
3.) When Corrie experiences her first death of a poor little
baby, she cries to Father that she doesn’t want him to die. He reminds
her that when they travel together on the train, he never gives her a
ticket until it’s time to board. He says that God does the same thing
about death. He never makes us face it until the time is right, and then,
he gives us the strength to bear it.
4.) This same metaphor appears when the family has to break the
news to Tante Jans that she is going to die. Corrie said it is Father’s
train ticket given at just the right time.
5.) When Corrie learns to play cards at Scheveningen Prison,
she wonders why Father had always forbidden them in their home. But she
soon comes to realize that the cards are like all temptations in life
- they eventually will lead you down the wrong path.
6.) When Corrie is led into solitary at Scheveningen Prison,
she describes it as a maze of corridors and passageways. This is a metaphor
for how deeply alone she becomes in that prison; she’s lost in a maze
from which she might never escape.
7.) The black ant who shares Corrie’s cell struggles to carry the pieces of bread she leaves for him into the crack on the floor. In this way, he is a metaphor for how we must face adversity - with strength and the determination to succeed.
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