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Taylor Edwards

Mr. BT-3

Paper Proposal

Schlink, Bernard. The Reader. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

The argument that I am going to use in my paper and present on is how
depression can lead to death because of regret based on what one has done wrong
in the past, what dreams one had to further their life that did not come true, and the
punishment that one has to deal with because of their past.
In the story, Michael figures out that Hanna was responsible for the killing of 300
Jewish women at the end of the Holocaust all because she was hiding that she was
illiterate. After her one year sentence, she committed suicide because of the grief from
the Holocaust, herself being illiterate, and how she had a relationship with someone 20
years younger than herself. This provides support for why regret causes depression that
can lead to death.

The Reader. Stephen Daldry. Entertainment Film, 2008. Film.
I am going to use the movie as a visual aid for the paper and presentation to see how the
Holocaust crime that Hanna permitted actually happened.

Andersson, Mikkel, et al. The Holocaust History Project. N.p., 17 Nov. 2009. Web. 28
Jan. 2010. <>. This website is an archive of actual
journals and essays of people who were in the Holocaust. I am going to find actual events
that relate to the one that Hanna was included in and compare the people's feelings.

"Hepatitis." MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institues of
Health, 2010. Web. 28 Jan. 2010. <>.
Michael has Hepatitis in the book and that is how Hanna discovers him. This site will
show me what the both of them had to go through when she took care of him and how
that affected her.

"Depression." MD Consult. Elsevier Inc., 2007. Web. 28 Jan. 2010.
This site will explain all about depression and the symptoms. I will use this to describe
Hanna's condition in my paper and presentation.

"Holocaust Timeline: Aftermath." A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust. University of
South Florida, 2005. Web. 28 Jan. 2010.
<>. When Hanna
permitted her crime, it was at the end of the Holocaust so I wanted to see how the
Holocaust ended in real life and relate the two events.