Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf Book Summary and Study Guide

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Franz Biberkopf has just been released from prison, after serving four years for manslaughter. As a former criminal, he vows to reform himself and become his own man. Unfortunately, Franz isn't very smart, and he involves himself with the wrong people and unknowingly becomes involved in a variety of criminal activities. A stubborn man, Franz refuses to believe his true friends when they tell him that he should not trust Reinhold, a man who Franz believes is his best friend, but who is actually a malicious, evil person. It is not until Reinhold kills Franz's beloved girlfriend, Mieze, and tries to implicate him in the murder, that Franz understand what is really happening. Confined to a mental hospital due to the doctors' belief that he killed Mieze out of insanity, Franz begins trying to put his life back together.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   criminal becomes sensitive Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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