Forgot your password?  

The Tin Drum Summary
Günter Grass

Everything you need to understand or teach The Tin Drum by Günter Grass.

  • The Tin Drum Summary & Study Guide
  • 1 Encyclopedia Article
  • 10 Literature Criticism
  • 1 Book Note
  • ...and more
  • 30 The Tin Drum Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Tin Drum Summary

Plot Summary

The Tin Drum is a fable of the mythical and diminutive Oskar Matzerath's life in the free city of Danzig, Germany during World War II. Oskar is a mythical figure, perfectly cognizant from the moment he is born. At his birth, Oskar's mother announces that at the age of three he will be given a drum. His father proclaims that at maturity, Oskar will inherit the family business, a small grocery shop. At that very moment, Oskar determines never to grow to maturity, but to stop growing after receiving the drum on his third birthday. The drum becomes Oskar's solace and his favorite method of communication. The novel follows Oskar's experiences during the war, defending a Polish post office against the Germans, and later entertaining the German soldiers with a troupe of dwarfs.

After his mother's death, the teenaged Oskar's amorous adventures with his babysitter, Maria, lead him...

(read more from the Study Guide)

Study Pack

The The Tin Drum Study Pack contains about 425 pages of study material in 17 products, including:

The Tin Drum Study Guide

Lesson Plan

All teaching products sold separately.

The Tin Drum Lesson Plans contain 123 pages of teaching material, including:

Follow Us on Facebook
You might also be interested in: