|Plot Summary of Biedermann and the Arsonists|
|"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."
Melissa Cookson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Biedermann and the Arsonists|
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Time/era of story
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Crime & Police story
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- Adult or Young Adult Book
- business executive
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- average physique
- accused criminal
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
- Very much smarter than other characters
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- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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