Forgotten Fire, written by Adam Bagdasarian is a story about a young Armenian boy who endures holocaustic torture by watching his family members die in excruciating ways. The story follows the protagonist, Vahan, as he grows from a man to a boy all while experiencing and seeing death in a way that should not be possible. Bagdasarian utilizes simplicity of character combined with an intensity of language, “Looking into the room, I saw only darkness at first. Then I heard a sound and a part of the floor moved, and I realized it was a floor of bodies” (33), to progress the story forward. In the end, while Vahan has his home, his family, and his innocence, he has gained his character and his character is what will live on. While the proverbial fire which the Armenians were forced to struggle through may have been forgotten, ultimately, Vahan was formed by the fire, just as steel is molded and shaped into incredible structures. The fire will ensure that Vahan really lives, despite the horrific memories. The story also lives, as Bagdasarian has taken great-uncle’s real life experiences and transformed them into a moving picture of words. Forgotten Fire should inspire teens to keep living just as Vahan chose to do. Whether they have to put on the face of a family member or mentor in order to struggle through the more difficult times, they should always remain as steel: strong and moldable. Never forgotten.

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