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The Reader - Study Guide Part 2, Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2, Chapter 11 Summary

Chapter 9 returns to the chronological presentation of the trial. The other defendants now habitually blame everything on Hanna, and eventually Hanna entirely gives up her own defense. Michael contemplates telling the judge that Hanna is illiterate, as he believes that fact will partially exonerate Hanna. Michael spends time with friends talking about hypothetical situations and responsibility.

Part 2, Chapter 11 Analysis

Michael's conundrum is whether he should expose Hanna's secret of illiteracy or allow her to incriminate herself through ignorance. His discussions with friends consist of Michael posing hypothetical situations that are morally akin to his own paradigm. He does not receive satisfactory answers from his friends.

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