“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.
In the novel, The Book Thief, a fictional story, author Markus Zusak demonstrates the power of words to save or destroy someone or something. The setting is WWII in Molching, Germany. Leisel is a foster child who went through a lot to get to where she is, Himmel Street. She is living with her foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubermann. She also has a very good friend, Rudy, who is your typical Aryan boy with blonde hair and blue eyes.
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).
The Book Thief Chapters: (Start of) The Sound of Sirens-(End of) Handover Man Job: Passage Master Passage 1: page 34 paragraph 1- paragraph 5 In this passage, Hans Hubermann holds out a piece of bread for a Jewish man to eat who was on the verge of being taken away by Death. The Jewish man was forced to walk in the parade with all the other Jews because their 3 trucks had “apparently broke down” which Death denies was the truth.
One of the most important recurring themes throughout The Book Thief was Liesel’s relationships with all of the people in her life. She grows close with several different people, and trusts, loves, and cares for them all differently but equally. Three of those relationships will be explored more deeply; Liesel’s relationship with her foster father, Hans Hubermann, the Jewish man her family takes in, Max Vanderburg, and her best friend, Rudy Steiner. Liesel’s relationship with Hans is one of the most important, if not the most important, relationships in the novel. Hans is the first person Liesel trusts, and the person who stays with her and loves her until the end.
The story of Liesel Meminger narrated by death I did know that death sees humans but not colours and that he have his favourites too. What is it like to know someone and have so much in common with the person and also have a deep relationship with them in just a small amount of time. The book thief is a novel written by Markus Zusak. The novel is about the story of Liesel Meminger and it’s narrated by death.
‘The book thief had struck for the first time, it is the beginning of an illustrious career’. Liesel’s book stealing in my mind does not qualify as criminality. But the failure/inability to apologize for stealing items, this is the greatest crime. Markus Zusak attends to show us the humanity in everyone, he does this by elaborating on words and sentences creating the theme criminality. Markus successfully uncovers the theme criminality creating a profound effect on the reader while also linking to modern day society.
While The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, offers a limited representation of the Second World War, one that is tied to death camps and Auschwitz specifically, The Book Thief zooms out to reflect how the war took its toll on Germany. The Book Thief is a story narrated by Death, about a young girl, Liesel, an accordionist, Hans, a Jewish fist-fighter, Max, and some other Germans, during the Second World War. The novel takes place in a small fictional town in Germany, Molching, specifically on Himmel Street.
Words in The Book Thief demonstrates that words and language have immense power. Words can be used in a negative or positive ways. Hitler used words to spread propaganda in a fallacious way which led to deleterious human beings. The people (Germans) that lived during the war were credulous about what Hitler said therefore their life turned out to be debacle. Hitler used words to deceive and outsmart the others, he implanted words and images into the Jews heads to think a certain way(Zusak, Markus Frank.
Markus Zusak has assembled ‘The Book Thief’ using a variety of narrative conventions. These include a unique narrative viewpoint, plot structure and use of imagery, all of which provide meaning to the reader. (33 words) A narrative’s point of view refers to who is telling the story. In this case Zusak’s narrator identifies himself as Death.
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.