Zlata's Diary Analysis

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“I hear the sound of shells, and everything around me smells of war. War is now my life.” (Filipovic, 1994, p. 64). On April 6th of 1992 the Bosnian War broke out, slaughtering 100,000 people and destroying the lives Zlata and an unnerving amount of virtuous Bosnian citizens. Zlata’s Diary, is the personal diary of Zlata Filipovic, a young Bosnian child’s account of the war. In real time throughout the literature, Zlata records the consequences of the war for her, personally; losing friends, security, normality, and her childhood. Vitalities morph into commodities, markets accept “fancy” foreign money only. Disputing incites Zlata to become mentally, medically, and socially ill. Moreover, paranoia, violence, and isolation induce illnesses, …show more content…
(Filipovic, 1994, p. 96) No gas, electricity, or heat; food and water are rationed, Zlata notices fatigue and weight loss. Especially with winter coming, a lack of heat is a tremendous issue. The family survives day to day, living off of care packages. The lack of nutrients and overexertion cause Zlata’s father to develop a hernia. Due to the desertion of access to the majority of popular culture Zlata was perspicaciously cognizant of the deterioration of the city. MTV, birthday parties, dance competitions, school, visits to friend’s houses, cell phone calls, and electronic entertainment perish in the flames of war. Grievously, Zlata is isolated, along with her freedom within Bosnia, her childhood is abducted. Zlata’s companions leave the country in search of a safe haven and even simple tasks such a withdrawing from the house become a horror story; dismembered bodies and shattered windows litter the streets. Shelling and shooting break out out constantly alarming and terrorizing Bosnians. “It’s as if Sarajevo is slowly dying, disappearing. Life is disappearing.” (Filipovic, 1994, p. 124) As energy, normality, warmth, health, happiness, companionship, and loved ones disappear so does the