In 1915 Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey

In 1915 Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey. This easygoing world of his disappears when his family members are taken from him. Other members of his family are murdered before Vahan’s eyes. He loses his home, his family, and has to live a life he would never have thought existed of, in order to survive. Vahan’s incredible strength and spirit help him endure the treturas journey to Constantinople. However, knowing that each day could be his very last. Throughout the story, many people help Vahan survive through his life changing adventure. These specific people are mainly related to Vahan or some relevance to his family. At the beginning of the novel, soon things start to unwind for Vahan. He is first held captive at the Inn(along with his brother, mother, grandmother, and his two sisters.) Two days follow. During the two days one of Vahan’s sister takes poison just so she won’t be rapped by the soldiers. The survivors have to take a long and agonizing march. During this march, the soldiers offer the Armenians water. Vahan’s mom knew what the soldiers were doing, and then stopped Vahan from going to the river to drink. Their grandmother however played right into the soldiers hands(along with 70 others). All the people who went to get a drink, actually got a rock to the head! This taught Vahan a valuable lesson on self-discipline. All that means is that you can’t have whatever you want just because you want it. As the book gets more in depth about Vahan, we start to see a young boy who had everything, who now has close to nothing. “The problem with loneliness is that, unlike other forms of human sufferings, it teaches nothing, leads us nowhere; and generally, devalues us in our own eyes and the eyes of others. It lies upon the soul lightly or heavily, depending on one’s age and one’s luck, and quickly transforms the heartiest of souls into a living ash of spiritual doubt and despair. It is impervious to medicine, common sense, wisdom, humor, hope, or pride. It simply comes, sits in the corner of the heart where it cannot be overlooked, and abides.” ? Adam Bagdasarian, Forgotten Fire. This quote from Forgotten Fire is one of a kind. It tells us that without friends, without family, without hope we have nothing. It also shows that Vahan is lonely, and seeks comfort and moral support. Vahan’s brother, Sisak, protects Vahan from dangerous threats after they got separated from their mother,who tells them to escape during the night. Sisak tells Vahan to strong like steel.