Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key

Joshua Character Analysis

Julia’s boss at the magazine Seine Scenes. Originally from New York City, Joshua is exacting and intense. Joshua gives Julia the assignment to write about the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. When Julia’s article is eventually published, Joshua commends her on the attention the article gets but also points out that Julia neglected to interview any of the French policemen or bus drivers that participated in the roundup. Although he is confused and annoyed by Julia’s focus on the Vel’ d’Hiv’ children, Joshua ultimately agrees to give Julia an advance on her paycheck, which allows her to take Zoë to Italy in search of William.
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Joshua Character Timeline in Sarah’s Key

The timeline below shows where the character Joshua appears in Sarah’s Key. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Remembrance and History Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...take the elevator up to the apartment, Julia receives a phone call from her boss, Joshua, telling her she needs to come into work to help with “closing the July issues.”... (full context)
Chapter 10
Remembrance and History Theme Icon
At work, Julia receives an assignment from her boss, Joshua, to write an article about the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup of 1942, in light of the... (full context)
Chapter 52
Guilt Theme Icon
Julia now receives a phone call from Joshua. He praises her for the attention her article is getting, but mentions that “it would... (full context)
Chapter 60
The Power of Silence Theme Icon
The Limits of Love Theme Icon
Julia phones Joshua and asks for an advance on her paycheck, saying she is taking her daughter to... (full context)