The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are two books in which the duo of Death and War have an omnipresent influence. War being the powerful wife with all the power and Death being the quiet husband who would not dare to defy his wife. The Book Thief and Fahrenheit 451 are two of their many children. And their parent's influence is ever-present throughout them. Hence wherever there is war, there is death, and apparent factor in both Fahrenheit 451 and The Book Thief; however, the reactions from each protagonist toward these topics drastically change the outcomes of both novels.
Richard Puz once said, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Throughout The Book Thief, this idea is portrayed through the life of Liesel, a young German girl living during the reign of Hitler. The many deaths of her loved ones began to construe her character as strong and fearless at a young age. In the novel, Liesel loses her biological family, her Jewish friend Max, and the people of Himmel Street. All the loss has left Liesel distraught and their lasting memories help her develop into a well-rounded character.
Children are often viewed as the source of the world’s innocence through their narrow life experience, and for most, positive outlook, and their overall ignorance to most situation. The integrity of the structure of this innocence is quite fragile, leaving even the least of traumatic events a threat to their innocence. Knowing the effect of trauma on children is important to understand the perspective survivors of such horrible events, such as, human sex trafficking or living through the oppressive, authoritarian Third Reich Nazi regime lead by Adolf Hitler. Sold by Patricia McCormick, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, are two fictional novels that describe the lives of two girls whom were placed into traumatic situations and came out with a lack of innocence and ignorance, therefore, having a more realistic view on the world. The Book Thief is book that describes the life of Liesel Meminger and her experience of living in Nazi Germany.
During the novel, The Book Thief it explains in detail how the characters say how they felt responsible for the death about what happened to others and many others said that they felt devastated. When this incident with the pilot and the plane Rudy takes the bears and lays them on the pilot, The pilot then thanks him and then the pilot dies. When Liesel takes a trip to ilsa Hermann 's library she took a book. She gets a letter back from IIsa saying that I know you find me pathetic because I could not employ your foster mother anymore but you only take one book away from me anyways. The last thing is Hans accordion, When Hans dies Liesl places the accordion next to him and then she says bye Papa I will forever miss you.
The bulk of the novel takes place from 1939 to 1942. In January of 1939, Liesel comes to live with the Hubermanns on Himmel Street. The story traces her life over the next four years, up to the night Himmel Street is bombed and (almost) everyone she loves dies in their sleep. 1945 brings the end of Hitler, the end of the war, and the reunion of Max and Liesel. The epilogue takes us far into Liesel 's future, to the time and place of her death in Sydney,
Death is given a new light in “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Death is personal yet very distant. He wants to be friends and every character knows him on a personal level but they cannot communicate. The theme of death is show in two different ways throughout this story. Death the character is personified and is also the narrator, but actual death is show in the concept that all the character’s have of him.
The Book Thief it is told in Death’s point of view. He has this extraordinary power to take human souls when they die. This story takes place in Germany in the World War ll era, so when people die, it is often because of war causes. If this story is told in a different point of view the best option would have to be Liesel Meminger. Throughout the entire book Death whispers in Liesel’s ear, heart, and soul.
Right from the beginning, you can see that Death is familiar with Liesel, as he takes her brother’s soul, when she was only nine years old. Afterwards, her widowed and sickly mother transferred her to Molching, where she would live under the Hubermann family, consisting of Rosa, the mother, Hans, the father, and their two kids, Trudy and Hans Jr.. Liesel stole “The Gravedigger’s Handbook” from her brother’s funeral. Hans discovered that she had the book, and also discovered that Liesel could not read, upon which he started teaching Liesel how to read. Soon, Hans became a significant role model in Liesel’s life, being the main figure of bravery, honesty, and caring in her life.
Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief paints a brilliant picture of a young girl’s life in Hitler’s Germany. Liesel experienced the normal aspects of childhood: friendship, competition, loyalty, mischief. She also, however, encountered numerous ordeals that a child should not have to undergo. Liesel’s story is very unique, but I find it easy to connect with her.
In part one of The Book Thief, Liesel, one of the main characters, starts to develop relationships with other main characters of the novel. One relationship that she starts to develop is with Rudy. Liesel starts to become best friends with Rudy even though he likes her. Rudy likes Liesel so much so that he challenges her to a race in which if he wins then he gets to kiss Liesel. Liesel only accepts this under the condition that if she wins, she will be free from the position of goalie.