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Number the Stars

Number the Stars


by Lois Lowry

Mr. and Mrs. Rosen

Character Analysis

Even though they don't get quite as much screen time, Ellen's parents are just as victimized as their daughter. And you know what? They're just as brave, too. They have to abandon their home, their jobs, and their community, and they can't take anything precious with them. But despite this, the Rosens remain courageous:

They had nothing with them now […] [Annemarie] knew how frightened they all must be of the future. […] But their shoulders were as straight as they had been in the past. (11.40-42)

The Johansens risk their lives for the Rosens, and we believe the Rosens would do the same thing for the Johansens if their roles were reversed. What do you think?