Mr. Kleinman's Cat

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Mr. Kleiman’s cat A) Characterize Mr. Kleinman:
Mr. Kleinman is an old Jewish man, who lived in Germany in the 30’s. He now lives alone in England with very limited contact to neighbors and other people. The only passion he has is taking care of his cat Timmy, who he treats like a son. In Germany the SS took him and his family to Auschwitz. When they arrived they were separated and he never saw his wife and children again. This experience marked him for the rest of his life. He blames himself for it, because he had conscientiously filled in required forms and given the police details about his family. Now Mr. Kleinman doesn’t want to fill in more forms and has refused to register details about his condition with the authorities. This means that he is only allowed a small pension and doesn’t have a lot of money. He is so poor that he can’t afford things he actually needs in his daily life, as repairing the lock to the door. Mr. Kleinman is using glasses, but the glasses are not special made for him. If he would have had specially made glasses, he would have needed to fill in some forms.

B) The themes in the story:
There are a lot of themes in this story. 1) Loneliness as Mr. Kleinman lives alone with no other people apart from limited contact to his neighbor. 2) Affection as Mr. Kleinman treats his cat as his son. 3) Youth violence as Mr. Kleinman is being assaulted by two youth. 3) Physical stress caused by traumatic experiences.

C) How does the story continue?
Mr. Kleinman grabbed some of his pension money and ran down the stairs, as fastest as he could. Almost the half-day were over this Thursday, but he still had some time to get the liver.
They sat at the table, and ate together. Mr. Kleinman had forgot to buy food for himself, so it was a very indelicate meal tonight. Mr. Kleinman didn’t think about the food, he was just so happy,…...

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