Life After Life

Life After Life

by

Kate Atkinson

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Eva Braun Character Analysis

Adolf Hitler’s real-life mistress. In the book, Eva is friends with Klara and invites Ursula and Frieda to come to Hitler’s mansion, the Berghof. In a later timeline, Ursula uses her knowledge about Eva’s life to get close to Hitler in the 1930s, before the start of World War II, in order to kill him and prevent the war.

Eva Braun Quotes in Life After Life

The Life After Life quotes below are all either spoken by Eva Braun or refer to Eva Braun. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Hachette edition of Life After Life published in 2013.
The Land of Begin Again, Aug 1939 Quotes

Powerful men needed their women to be unchallenging, the home should not be an arena for intellectual debate. “My own husband told me this so it must be true!” she wrote to Pamela.

Page Number: 359
Explanation and Analysis:

What had the Fuhrer’s apprenticeship for greatness been? Eva shrugged, she didn’t know. “He’s always been a politician. He was born a politician.” No, Ursula thought, he was born a baby, like everyone else. And this is what he has chosen to become.

Related Characters: Eva Braun (speaker), Ursula Todd, Adolf Hitler
Page Number: 360
Explanation and Analysis:
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Eva Braun Character Timeline in Life After Life

The timeline below shows where the character Eva Braun appears in Life After Life. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Land of Begin Again, August 1939
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Six years later, Ursula is at the grand Berghof, and Eva Braun (Hitler’s mistress) is playing with Ursula’s five-year-old daughter, Frieda. Frieda has blond hair, blue... (full context)
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...Berg”—Hitler’s mansion—is bustling with other women, many of whom are senior party officials who hate Eva for managing to marry the leader of the Reich. Eva had been a shop girl... (full context)
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Eva takes lots of pictures of Ursula and Frieda, and Ursula imagines a future time in... (full context)
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...she did. When Ursula returned home from the hospital, she had received a letter from Eva, inviting them to the Berg to help Frieda recover. (full context)
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Ursula had never met Eva. Eva knew of her through Klara, as they used to work together and went to... (full context)
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When Hitler is not at the Berg, Ursula notes that Eva doesn’t really know what to do with herself. Ursula sees Eva as amiable, chatting about... (full context)
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Ursula asks Eva one day how Hitler became the great leader he is. Eva says that “he was... (full context)
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Ursula tells Eva one day at lunch that she thinks Frieda is well enough to go home. Ursula... (full context)
The End of the Beginning
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...tell the girl working there that she’s having trouble with her camera, and then seventeen-year-old Eva Braun would offer to help her. She thinks that she is fulfilling her destiny: “Become... (full context)
Be Ye Men of Valor (II), December 1930
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Ursula knows that Eva likes fashion and makeup and gossip. She goes to the skating rink with Eva and... (full context)