This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Czeslav Milosz - This writer was born in Lithuania and lived under regimes of capitalism, Nazism, and socialism. He did not wholeheartedly accept socialism and eventually left Poland for the west when the literary style of socialist realism was imposed.
Karl Marx - This philosopher and author of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital analyzed capitalization using the method of dialectical materialism to show how labor was exploited under that system.
Beta - This man's poetry reflected the life in wartime Warsaw. In 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and sent...
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