Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Deserter Term Analysis

A soldier who has abandoned their position without authorization, or a civilian who has evacuated their city against government decree.
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Deserter Term Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the term Deserter appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Joana
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
...Ingrid.  Evacuation orders have not technically been issued, and so the group would be branded deserters for fleeing. Joana has been a deserter for four years, since fleeing her native Lithuania... (full context)
21. Joana
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...rest of the group is happy that they are gone. They believe Florian is a deserter, and know that Emilia is Polish. Both Florian and Emilia would likely put the whole... (full context)
42. Florian
Agency, Willpower, and Fate Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
...come with them. Emilia, because she’s Polish, and Florian, because Eva believes he is a deserter. Florian tells her that he’s not a deserter, and Joana argues Emilia needs to stay... (full context)
57. Alfred
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...head. He tells her how crowded it is getting at the port. He thinks German deserters may be hiding among the refugees. He writes, “I pity the man who cannot overcome... (full context)