Biedermann and the Arsonists Book Summary and Study Guide

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Biedermann is a fairly well-off man who believes that the arsonists who have recently attacked the city should be hanged. When a man who seems suspiciously like he might be an arsonist comes to Biedermann's house, he talks about throwing him out, but he never actually does. Instead, he allows his own guilt over having so much money to convince him to allow this man to stay in his attic. Later, he even allows the man's friend to stay in his attic, even though he catches the two loading barrels of gas into his attic. It's both funny and depressing to see how far Biedermann will go in order to ignore the evidence that his guests are arsonists and convince himself that he is a good person.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   arsonist Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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