Circumstances can make or break a person. For example, if a person is born into poverty he can be a product of his environment or break free of the limitations for that environment. This a present concept in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of the main characters Liesel circumstances are challenging. She is given up by her mother and her brother dies, she has to live with foster parents, and is born into poverty.
The theme of this book is learning to love and care for the people around. How I came to this conclusion is by how Liesel acts towards Max, her foster parents, Rudy, and her neighbors. Liesel cares for people even if they weren't like her and she doesn't understand why there is hatred in this world. She wanted the world to be a happy place for everyone including Jews to be friends with one another. On page 426 in ‘The Book Thief’, when Rudy’s father went to war Liesel could relate to Rudy because “her mother.
Max, Liesel, and Rudy all change over time and most changes in their characters are negative due to the Nazis forcing to change who they really are. The book “The Book thief” by Markus Zusak is a story about a German girl who’s Mom left her to be adopted and was taken in by Rosa and Hans Hubermann, shortly before the second World War. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak uses many descriptive words and sensory details in many situations in the book, this creates many dynamic characters.
APARNA SUNNY Comparing and Contrasting Liesel’s and Elie’s Experience The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Night by Elie Wiesel, are about two souls who endured a great amount of anguish and misfortune. A Jew and a German, two individuals whose stories should have been remarkably different, turn out to be unexpectedly alike. Liesel’s and Elie’s experiences both comprise of destruction, self doubt, and the obligation to stay alive. Despite the similar experiences they confronted, they survived in their own means.
“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”(“Words Quotes - BrainyQuote”). In the novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, words are expressed to change the minds of Hitler’s followers to believe his every word. Words are also used against German citizens if they do not conform to the societal expectations. On the other hand, Liesel has a lust for words and she wishes to use them to positively impact others.
Social injustices have been an apparent theme throughout history for many years. Anti-Semitism and Racial discrimination are just two of the many examples of social injustices that have been exhibited in our society. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, both novels share the theme of Social Injustice. Narrated by Death, The Book Thief follows nine-year old Liesel Meminger during World War two in Germany. Liesel and her family are on their way to Molching when Liesel
One of the most undeniably powerful things in this world is language. Words are incredibly influential, and are used accordingly. They are used for good and for bad, but how does their purpose affect how people react to them? Markus Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, revolves around the influence that words have on people, both negative and positive. The story is about a young girl named Liesel who comes to her foster parents as an illiterate, unsettled child, but discovers the power of stories and language as she grows up in Nazi Germany.
You hate Hitler, and befriend the blacks? The bad news is, you would probably be beaten to death in the 1940’s. Although, the good news is you are not alone. The Book Thief and The Help are both very important novels showing people who see through the unpopular perspective. Both showing how important it is to stand up for the things you believe in.
What is a friend? A common response to this question seems to be someone who accepts another for who they are. Another less used response to the same question is someone who leave another better than they once were. These two half definitions of friendship come to gather to explain that friend is someone who takes another how they already are and leaves that better than their previous state. True friendship often adds loyalty to ones character resulting in acts of courage.
One of the most important recurring themes throughout The Book Thief was Liesel’s relationships with all of the people in her life. She grows close with several different people, and trusts, loves, and cares for them all differently but equally. Three of those relationships will be explored more deeply; Liesel’s relationship with her foster father, Hans Hubermann, the Jewish man her family takes in, Max Vanderburg, and her best friend, Rudy Steiner. Liesel’s relationship with Hans is one of the most important, if not the most important, relationships in the novel. Hans is the first person Liesel trusts, and the person who stays with her and loves her until the end.
Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” This quote is relatable to Markus Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, due to the courage portrayed by several characters. The novel follows the life of a young German girl, Liesel Meminger as she becomes the book thief. Throughout Liesel’s life, she faces many battles, yet none are as invasive as those of Hans Hubermann, a stubborn yet fearless man.
World War II is known worldwide as the bloodiest war in history, taking more than 60 million lives around the world. For anyone living in Germany during the time of war, especially those associated with Jews, it was an extremely dangerous period. For Liesel Meminger and her foster family, life had never been more risky than during the times that they had a Jew hidden in their basement during World War II. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak is an emotional story about how a young girl growing up in Germany is affected in many ways by the war, and how she finds comfort in reading stolen books. As Liesel Meminger is growing up in Molching, Germany in the midst of World War II, she finds herself surrounded by death.