That’s one thing that I loved about “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak. Each and every one of the characters in “The Book Thief” were different in personality and I made different memories with each and every one of them. The one character that I spent a good deal of time with was Rosa Hubermann, Liesel Meminger’s foster mother. Out of all the character, Rosa was the one that I was most frustrated with. Even with all those moments I laughed at, I was still frustrated with Rosa’s actions and behaviours.
She is described as “very pretty and simple and her face was sweet and young.” hence showing the ulterior innocence she held despite her actions. Furthermore, “the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face” highlighting that her true beauty finally emerged through her façade. Her ‘ache for attention’ suggests the level of desperation was so deep that she was physically pained for it. The stark contrast between these descriptions to her initial one stuns readers as it signifies how her experiences moulded her to become vitriolic. Her description has become positive, as if death has released her from the vicious cyclic pattern.
“To be human is to be beautifully flawed.”(Eric Wilson). All humans are flawed. That is what makes them human. Flaws sometimes are hurtful, but they make the character interesting. In most stories, all developing characters have flaws.
Instead of being kind and doing whatever it takes to keep men happy, she is described as “the devil” and having “evil in every pocket (192).” The reason for it is because she does not act like a woman from her era, she is difficult and, in some cases, unpleasant to be around, traits not usually associated with women of the 1950s. Within the novel she steals thirty thousand dollars, manipulates and even kills. She is depicted as being “death herself (252)” because of how easily she breaks out of the mold that is pictured when thinking of women in the 1950s. Despite how much she seems to cross that line, she is also very feminine and alluring. Easy describes her flaws, such as eyes that are too close together as endearing and adding to her façade of a vulnerable damsel in distress.
The feeling of her reuniting with Rudy is only beautiful, even if the rest had a brutal and mysterious part to it. Another thing is “Before she could answer, the wooden spoon came down on Liesel Meminger's body like the gait of God” (Zusak 99). This is a brutal part of the novel because of the pain and agony that Liesel goes through. The author lets the reader understand what is happening and how brutal the situation is by describing the events using imagery. Lastly, “I am certain he would have loved to see the frightening rubble and the dwelling of the sky on the night he passed away” (Zusak 242) This can be both beautiful and brutal, the fact that he died is the brutality of the situation but the description of the beautiful events that have made it past adds beauty to the story.
It is towards the end of the book does the audience gets Death’s thoughts saying, “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant”(Zusak,550). Death, the observer has seen the start and will see humanity's end.
Through the numerous rapes, abusive relationships, and the absence of respect for women, Cisneros portrays a theme that beauty is a double edged sword through the characters Esperanza and Sally. Beauty is a double-edged sword for Esperanza because she’s optimistic, lacks self-confidence, and innocent. To begin with, Esperanza is a very optimistic person due to her goal of not ending up like other women
These two stories are inappropriate and obscene especially towards women. Both “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”are enough as a story but, “The Pardoner’s Tale” is appropriate and the most useful to listeners. “The Pardoner’s Tale” meets both requirements for the competition with its moral and entertainment. It deals with greed, which all people have a problem with at least once. Greed is the root of all evil is a lesson all people can learn from.
Most would see that word and think of dark, horrifying things; most people would not think of love or happiness, and that makes logical sense. In The Book Thief, Death is the narrator, so he tells the story from his point of view. So when reading it, and finding it is about the power of love, it is quite ironic. It is a type of situational irony, Death, who has the power to make humans souls leave the Earth, in love with one. Death expresses his love for Liesel many times throughout the novel, starting from the beginning.
Miller description of women shows multiple problems. He is making a statement about gender, that it is easier for women to fall into a trap not being able to think for themselves. Also the description of the woman roles that was played in this to be useful for those who was in position of power as opposed to serving the public good. Although Abigail is 17 years old she is very smart, she knows how to get out of trouble. In The Crucible she has so many personal traits, selfish, manipulative, jealous, and a liar.