Sebastian Mejia Mrs. Porter English 2 Pre-AP/GT – 5th Period 17 September 2015 Part 1 English 2 Pre-AP/GT Summer Reading Assessment – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 5. Hans gains Liesel’s trust through patience and understanding. Whenever she would cry or wake up from a nightmare, he would be there for her and protect her. He would say “Shhh, I’m here, it’s alright” to console her and let her know that he won’t leave her. (Zusak 36)
The novel "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak is a story about an orphan who lives in Germany during the Holocaust. The book explore multitude of ideas that are enhanced by the authors writing style. Mark Zusak 's was able to effectively use symbolism to enhance the readers understanding of the book. Death is one of the main symbols in the book. Not only is Death the narrator of the book, but the concept is everywhere.
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.
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.
Literary Terminology The novel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak unravels the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger who suffer vastly during the time period where the Nazi Regime had total power over the country of Germany. The genre of the story falls under a historical fiction novel where the character is shown coming of age. As all the event from the novel may not be true but, the whole concept and idea of the Nazi time period makes this book become a historical fiction as it tells the audience about that time period. The Book Thief express several different topics in the duration of the novel but three significant topics in the novel are the topic of family, war, and society as a whole.
The youth of Germany during the Nazi Regime played a great role in that society. Not only were they to make Germany greater for the future, but they also played a major role in the everyday lives of those living in that era. The novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak provides a historically accurate representation of the roles of children to give a precise view of their lifestyle during the atrocities of the Nazi regime in Germany. The author is able to display this accuracy through the actions of Rudy and Liesel, Hitler’s use of the children of Germany, and also with the idea of fear for the consequences of being curious. The roles of children are accurately displayed through Rudy and Liesel when they perform actions like stealing due to the
The novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger, who is a foster child living in Nazi Germany amidst the impending war. On Liesel’s journey to her new family’s home, several significant changes take place - her brother dies and her mother leaves as soon as the foster family and Liesel are introduced. Liesel discovers something she cannot resist – the feeling of stealing books. Although, "They had no qualms about stealing,” so she was soon stealing books from book burnings, the mayors’ library or wherever they are to be found (Zusak 29). Hans Hubermann, her foster father, teaches Liesel to read to the best of his ability.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Is a book that takes place in World War II showing how the Germans were and how the Jewish were hiding. Liesel Meminger is the main character of this book; she is a nine-year-old girl. Liesel is the book thief. Liesel is without words and cannot read.
Circumstances can make or break you, yet Markus Zusak uses Liesel to show it can make you into the person you can be. Like for example, when one gets tossed with people she has no idea she can turn into the person one is truly made up of or she can let her break her to make her complain and not take the advantages she is given. In The Book Thief, Markus uses Liesel to illustrate how tough circumstances can build you. For Liesel, defining tough circumstances were when she had to live with foster parents, when she had to learn to read, when she had to read in front of her class and be made fun of, and the dealing with her mother and brother dying. These are a few of the many tough situations that built her throughout The Book Thief.
“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.