The mystery of human morality He who saves a single life saves the world entire. Maybe this Talmudic verse has to be kept in mind while reading about the contradictions in Oskar Schindler’s morality in the book Schindler’s List, written by Thomas Keneally. The book also treats other people’s approach to humanity and ethical questions. The story is set during World War II.
Friendship is the medicine for a wounded heart and the vitamins for a hopeful soul. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, a girl named Liesel suffers through many losses. She is taken to a new home where she developed friendships that helped her heal her wounds and survive World War II. Friendship is portrayed through her connections with Hans, Rudy, and Max and it is learned how essential these friendships are to her survival. At the beginning of the novel, she developed her first friendship with Hans.
Even though he was the taxi driver and did not have to help Amir, he stayed by Amir ’s side throughout the trip and aided Amir in his quest to find Sohrab. Farid even took Amir to the hospital after he was injured in the fight with Assef. Soraya and Amir’s relationship also developed the motif of loyalty because they did not leave each other after learning about each other’s dark
Resistance in the Holocaust It was difficult to resist oppression during the Holocaust, but some people did, both actively and passively. Active resistance is physically arming yourself to fight for something you believe in. However, many opted for passivity to fight Nazi ineffable cruelty and injustice more discreetly. In “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “Violins of Hope”, and “Resistance during the Holocaust” we read about various acts of passive resistance. People can best respond to conflict by passively resisting because such acts maintain human dignity, preserve cultures, and give the best chance at survival.
For example, it teaches Liesel to be selfless. “ There was a trace of a grin on her face as she and Rudy Steiner, her best friend, handed out the pieces of bread on the road.” (Zusak 440). Although times are hard for not only the Hubermann’s but Germany as a whole, Liesel demonstrates the same selflessness that Hans does. When he sees an old Jew falling down constantly and close to death.
I do not set my life at a pin’s fee” (Shakespeare 1.4.28). Hamlet needs this information in order to feel stable within himself, while corruption takes over Elsinore, saying to Horatio the news is “O wonderful!”(Shakespeare 1.5.34) suggesting that he has a positive response to withholding this new information that now brings stability to his life. Hamlet uses “the dumb play” as a hidden message that can be sent to Claudius but has huge underlying significance. This use of the murder in the play allows Hamlet to reveal if Claudius truly murdered his father and does this at the cost of Claudius knowing Hamlet knows his guilty deed and making Hamlet a threat. This suggests again that Hamlet’s will to obtain stability in knowledge overcomes his own life.
The story teaches us about human nature and the capacity for great good and great evil among humankind. Especially when Schindler received the ring from the worker, he cried and say if he would have sacrificed more, he could’ve saved more people. But for the Jews, they were so thankful for what Schindler had done, even on the ring they gave him, has a phrase “He who saves one life saves the world entire.” This story “Schindler 's List” was based on real events that happened in the past, but comparing the novel and the movie, the movie would be a better choice to watch, it shown the society and the situation how the Jews felt during the
People often help others, even in hardship. Meip, a character from ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, said: “I’ll be the up the minute I hear some more!” (506). People like Miep are risking their lives to save Jews like the Van Daans and the Franks because they are not very fond of what Hitler is doing to the Jews and minorities, not only are they helping them hide but they are also taking care of the Franks and Van Daans. Mr. Kraler, another character from ‘The
This example shows that Schindler is heroic because he realizes that the Jews are being mistreated and makes him realize that he has to do something about this and shows his emotions when talking to Goeth after the incident. Someone might say that this is unheroic because this example shows no action of him being heroic or saving anyone. This is heroic because this could be considered as the Call to Adventure/Increased awareness in the Hero’s Journey and is basically the turning point in his life. Schindler starts to become a better person and take action like how Spider Man realizes that he must stop crime after he sees his uncle die from a criminal and use his power for good. Schindler’s “power” could be his money that he used in order to save the Jews and even buying/providing the Jews with food.
If he did not feel sorry about what he did, found someone to confess his sin was absolutely unnecessary. According to The sunflower, there were some specific examples to show Karl’s repentance. For example, he said “I cannot die ... Without coming clean” (Wiesenthal 53). It indicates that Karl really sought for redemption before his final breathe.
Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is paralleled to Jesus because they both share the need to help and treat everyone, not discriminating against race or religious ideology. Through his actions, Hans proves himself as the epitome of kindness. Despite the daunting penalty of death, he continues to provide food and services for Jews. Society, controlled by Aryan Nazis, prohibits many acts of hospitality towards Jews. Herr Hubermann demonstrates kindness and humanity while the elitist Germans persecute and murder Jews.
Ilsa Hermann is a diminutive soul, with a sadding past. Married to the Mayor of town, Ilsa lives in a large mansion down the richer street of Munich. The particular street, in which Liesel and Rosa do the washing for. Throughout the book, Ilsa is described as a submissive woman with fluffy hair. Yet, the reality of Ilsa Hermann’s predicament is much sadder.
“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.
Liesel’s second relationship forms with Max Vandenburg, a Jewish man that hides in the Hubermanns’ basement, who grows into one of Liesel’s closest friends. Max and Liesel are similar in two ways, they both endure nightmares and take refuge and comfort in Hans. One sunny Monday, Max requests that Liesel describes the weather to him, as he desires a forbidden taste of life outside his confinement, “ ‘The sky is blue today. Max, and there is a big cloud, and it’s stretched out, like a rope… the sun is like a yellow hole’ ” (249).
It can be found as being ironic when an author uses death to narrate a book who tells the story of a character's life. Markus Zusak was able to take a rather less desirable aspect of life and turn it into a character, Death, who tells his story as well as the story of the protagonist, Liesel Meminger. His familiarity with Liesel's life enables Death to tell tales of her as a result of his fascination with her. Through the novel, he expresses the hardships that come with his deadly duties, and lastly, the three tragic times where Death encounters "The Book Thief". As she understands the book, she is able to make connections between the book and reality.