Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray


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Between Shades of Gray: Chapter 23 Summary & Analysis

The men who arrived look at all of the deportees. When they arrive at Lina’s group, Mrs. Arvydas begs Elena to tell them in Russian that Andrius is a simpleton. Elena tells them, and they leave the group alone. They are given food and water and finish it quickly. They discuss running, but hear a gunshot and presume it’s not a good idea. The NKVD inspect the train cars and yell at the passengers for “disrespecting” the cars. Andrius theorizes they will go back for more deportees, so that they can sell and get rid of all of them.
The fact that the NKVD yell at the passengers for “disrespecting” the trains show that not only do they have total disregard for their lives, they are actively pretending that they are not human beings with basic bodily functions. This is further evidence that the NKVD seem to stop at nothing in dehumanizing these civilians, and Lina still has no idea why her family is being targeted.
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