Can something be beautiful and terrible at the same time? That is the question Death strives to answer regarding humanity in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. World War II was a tragic event caused by the hatred of one man toward a group of people, the Jews, and subsequently, anyone who was against him. The book’s focus is not on the war itself, but on the lives of a handful of people and their actions. In this book, Death recounts the story of Liesel Meminger, a ten-year old German girl, who faces tragedy throughout her time in Molching, Germany.
The narrator introduces a new character at the beginning of the second quarter of the book, Max Vandenburg. He is hiding in a secret storage room because he is Jewish and therefore sought out by German soldiers to take him away. Max is starving and constantly alone in the dark, unable to sleep because he is too afraid to be found by the Führer. Eventually, Max leaves his hiding place to travel to a safer place: Molching. All he has on with him is a fake identity card, a copy of Mein Kempf, a map with a key inside, and what little remains of the food he was given by his friend that was keeping him in hiding.
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.
Journey is the act of physically or emotionally moving from one place to another for self-discovery that involves obstacles, challenges and consequences to an individual’s physical, intellectual and psychological development. They offer life-changing experiences and obstacles that motivate an individual to achieve their life goals and develop as a person at the end. The major themes of journey occurred in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief are the power of words, relationship and experience over the arrival. Therefore, there’s no doubt that the characters are emotionally stronger at the end of the novel than they were at the beginning. Words are extremely valuable and powerful in The Book Thief as it assists a character’s intellectual development.
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 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.
“You are going to die.” The prologue of The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, makes this fact very clear to readers. Despite knowing this however, everyone chooses to ignore that and continue living their lives because no matter how many bad things happen to you, life goes on. The characters in The Book Thief act the exact same way. They always seem to have to go through the worst case scenarios, however they always find a way to bounce back from their tragedies and move on.
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 the novel The Road, paternal love and death are very important themes in the book. Paternal love is the love between a dad and his son, and you should have a close relationship with your parents. “What would you do if I died”(11). “I would want to die too”(11). This is a quote from the book that shows the fatherly love for his child, knowing he couldn’t live without him, and always wants to be with him.