The power of words in “The Book Thief” and the endless strength they carry is a prime topic throughout the book. “The Book Thief”, a novel narrated by Death about Liesel, a young German girl who is given up for adoption to live with the Hubermann’s shortly before World War II. Liesel discovers the power that words, written or spoken, have to transform people, relationships, and lives. In the novel, Mark Zusak uses the relationship between characters to signify the power of words. Within “The Book Thief” the author suggests that words hold much power and have a major role in crafting the relationships between the characters.
‘The Book Thief’, a moving film lead by director Brian Percival, portrays the meaningful theme of the power of words. This theme remains relevant to the people of today’s society in an extremely relatable manner, even though the movie itself is set in Molching, Germany during the time of WWI. It is made clear right from the beginning of the film that the importance of words will be carried out throughout the film in a way the audience finds relevant to the modern day. The viewer gains first sight of this as Liesel is required to print her name on the class blackboard. The director sets the scene full of tension as Liesel steps towards the blackboard in a cowardly manner and portrays this in such a way that the viewer is able to feel the whole
“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.
Atrributs of Hans Hubermann In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Hans Hubermann is presented a wonderful father to Liesel Meminger and a satisfactory husband to Rosa Hubermann. To start off, Hans is a loving and selfless father to young Liesel. In the first weeks of Liesel arriving “ He came in every night and sat with her [whispering] [s]hhhh, I’m here , It’s all right”(Markus Zusak 64) after her nightmare as he held her.
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.
A Tribute to Hans Hubermann Hans Hubermann left an impact on many people's lives. He was born in Germany on the 1st of March, 1890. Not much is known about his childhood besides for the fact that he fought in World War I when he was older and that is where be met and befriended Erik Vandenberg. During his service he learned to play the accordion and made that his life profesion. After the war he settled down with his wife Rosa on Himmel Street in a town near Munich called Molching and fathered two children, his son Hans Jr. and his daughter Trudy.
Max and Liesel are very similar. They both are homeless, and have lost important people in their lives. While Max and Liesel are different to the outside eye they have similar personalities and interests. They both suffer from nightmares, but are quite fond of books, and are brought into the Huberman’s household. Max and Liesel both have nightmares.
In Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief, the protagonist Liesel Meminger faces and overcomes various struggles during a time of conflict, revealing the human nature of self-determination and courage. Some of her struggles include the poor socio-economic situation Germany is in, the fear of losing a loved one, being haunted loss and a variety of prejudices formed against her. In all these scenarios, Liesel can be seen persevering with a willpower beyond her age, and demonstrating courage in the face of difficulty. To begin with, Liesel steals a variety of objects ranging from books to food forced by precarious situation she lives in, as she determined to thrive the best she can in her given situation.
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.