The Hiding Place

by

Corrie Ten Boom

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The Snake Character Analysis

A young S.S. guard at Ravensbruck. Corrie nicknames her “the Snake” due to the shiny dress she wears under her uniform. The Snake is often vicious towards prisoners, but she also intercedes to get Betsie medical care in the hospital. Her conflicting actions represent the struggle between good and bad impulses that exists within everyone.
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The Snake Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character The Snake appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Blue Sweater
Moral Choices Theme Icon
...call, a mentally disabled girl suddenly soils herself, and a particularly vicious guard, nicknamed The Snake, starts beating her. Whispering to Betsie, Corrie wonders aloud if they can open a home... (full context)
Forgiveness Theme Icon
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...and Corrie has to carry her to roll call. The next day, Corrie begs the Snake, the guard on duty, for help; after roll call, she finds that The Snake has... (full context)
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At noon, Corrie asks the Snake for a pass and visits Betsie briefly. However, she can’t go again that day because... (full context)