Exodus Themes & Symbolism

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Separation

Exodus is filled with heartrending separations, which seem to be the order of the day. David Ben Ami loves Joradana Ben Canaan. He serves as her brother's right-hand man in Haganah operations before and after World War II, and he yearns to see her when the Exodus appears likely to sail for Palestine. Jordana maintains the tough shell of a sabra but also has its inner softness, and she weeps in David's arms, knowing he will volunteer to fight in his beloved Jerusalem.

When he is killed, Jordana mourns four days and never speaks David's name again. Her brother reacts the same way when his lover Dafna is murdered. It was assumed by all that they would marry young, but Ari is too busy as a rising commander for more than occasional meetings. Karen and Dov, who first meet in a DP camp in southern France and...

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