Chapter 6

How does the authot personify death and the cold?

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He personifies the prisoners as masters over cold and death. The prisoners lose their humanity and individuality as they run and instead merge into one collective mass of fleeing bodies. Though their running indicates how faceless and anonymous the prisoners have become, it also gives them a collective strength:

"We were masters of nature, masters of the world. We had forgotten everything‹death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die, condemned and wandering, mere numbers, we were the only men on earth." Ch. 6