“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” This quote from Franklin Douglas tells many things about how literacy gives power and how The Book Thief connects to the real world. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is taken place in the time of WWII. The narrator is Death, who has an interesting perspective and view of the world during this time. He tells the story of Liesel Meminger who was a teenager during the early 1940s. Liesel faces many challenges and secrets while living on Himmel Street in Nazi Germany.
Mark Zusak’s The Book Thief tells the captivating story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany. The book realistically portrays what life was like for those living under the rule of Adolf Hitler. The main character, Liesel Meminger, struggles to comply with the way of the Nazis, and finds herself rebelling against them in various circumstances. In this way the book inspires readers to think about what it means to be a hero, and to stand up for what one believes is right, although it may not be viewed as acceptable by society. Zusak’s passionate writing style can be seen through his ability to seemingly effortlessly capture an image or landscape and develop unique characters that readers can emotionally connect with.
Words power starts to really show from when takes her first book, all the way to nightmares that Liesel has occurred in which Hans was always there to comfort her. It had spanded all the way to the hiding of Max, the hidden Jew. With Liesel being able to read, to the writings of the Word Shaker from Rudy, and the Mein Kampf changing Jews way of Life suggests that words can either save or destroy a person’s life. Liesel had started to read from books, giving an understanding of the true horrific world around her. Liesel uses her power of words for the better of others.
After all, He created crematoriums that were kept running perpetually. He created Auschwitz, Birkenau and Buna. He made thousands of children burn to death. “How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all other nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in the furnaces?” (Page 67) At the time, Elie is getting to be exasperated with Him. After everything that Elie has done; working industriously to keep up with his studies, God hasn’t returned anything or done anything to help to the situation.
Literary Terminology The novel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak unravels the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger who suffer vastly during the time period where the Nazi Regime had total power over the country of Germany. The genre of the story falls under a historical fiction novel where the character is shown coming of age. As all the event from the novel may not be true but, the whole concept and idea of the Nazi time period makes this book become a historical fiction as it tells the audience about that time period. The Book Thief express several different topics in the duration of the novel but three significant topics in the novel are the topic of family, war, and society as a whole. War in this novel ties all the topics together
The Book Thief, the title of both an award-winning novel and a thieving girl, was based on the Holocaust, and its creation was influenced by the reign of Hitler. In the era of the Nazi regime, Liesel Meminger, an innocent German girl distanced from her biological family, is plunged into a world under Adolf Hitler’s rule, witnessing demeaning Jewish hate, the mandatory conscription of those too young to be drafted, and, most importantly, discovering her secret passion for book thievery. Liesel’s starving and desperate desire for novels, and her love for the words hidden between their taunting pages throughout ‘The Book Thief’ is a recurring aspect of the novel. The essay’s topic outlines how reading books teach us about the real world and how people cope in certain situations.
She would then be free from the reaches of her abusive father and would be able to start anew with her life. While sad, because Mayella allowed circumstances under which she would still have to live with her vicious father, she in a way chose to continue the same life she had always lived. Even after the trial, Atticus mentions, “So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take”
They played subservient roles to their men in order to make them look strong and heroic. Women in the Anglo-Saxon culture consumed no freedom and were to always favor and obey their so called lords (husband's). For example, in “The Wife's Lament”, the female speaker speaks in deep sadness because her husband had left their family and sailed away leaving her behind. After a certain period of time, her husband requests for her to move out of the country and into a new one with him. Leaving her friends behind, she once again felt depressed due to isolation of her friends and family.
There was a man that used a newspaper printed with a photograph of Kim Jong-Il, their previous leader, as a mop to clean up a spill and got sent to prison for it. They must treat their leader as a god or they face serious consequences. In the concentration camps, mothers that are pregnant usually give birth to dead babies, but there was a case where one mother actually gave birth to a live baby. This mother was forced to drown her baby because the authority in this country believes that a baby is just one more mouth to feed, therefore they are incapable of feeding
Patient’s previous experiences had influenced their level of empowerment in decision making. Patient’s who had exposed to encouragement from nurses to actively participate in decision making, felt they were given the rights, and their voice was heard. The concept of patient empowerment in nursing is important as nurses are responsible in planning for discharge preparations for patient (Weiss et al. 2007). Nurses got to ensure that patients have the required knowledge and skills before discharge (Collins, 2014).