The Nazis seize her parents because they are Communists, and Liesel and Werner, her brother, ride on a train to live with a new family. During the train ride, her brother dies from the long term effects of their maltreatment. After the death of her brother, she loses her self-confidence because all of her loved ones are gone, and she feels powerless. Liesel and her mother deboard the train to participate in Werner’s burial in the midst of the frost-stricken winter. Death observes many moments of Liesel’s life, and he associates colors with the three major encounters.
Reading Log #3 In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Jennifer Armstrong Plot Pages (180-263) Irene was risking her life every single day by hiding her friends in the major’s house. Anyone who helped the Jews was a capital crime and would be punished with death. Having Jews hidden in the house was not easy for Irene, but the major demonstrated affection for Irene and followed whatever she said, which made her glad. Later on, Irene met a man named Zygmunt Pasiewski and they created a strong friendship, which made her introduce him as her cousin to the major. While Irene believed luck was with her, she was caught talking to two Jewish women in his kitchen.
Throughout the movie, The Book Thief , they show parts where Liesel and her family oppose Adolf Hitler. Many people were forced to like Hitler due to fear of being put in a concentration camp because they didn’t follow the rules. Hitler believed that no non-Germans should have any say in Germany. Hitler believed that communism was a huge threat to Germany and should be annihilated. He thought that communism was a Jewish invention and that was another reason why he hated the Jews.
In addition to glorifying Hitler, saluting symbolizes Hitler’s dominance over his citizens, which subconsciously indoctrinates them and ensures his reign. None of the main characters in The Book Thief stand by Hitler’s beliefs, however, unless they want to be disciplined, they are forced to conform. Due to outside forces, Liesel Meminger’s identity is formed and strengthened. Liesel is able to learn from her relationships, the major events she experiences, and even the culture she is surrounded by, to construct the person she becomes. Retaining one’s virtue whilst living in Nazi Germany is challenging,
Creon vs. Antigone: Who is more tragic? In the story of Antigone, Creon and Antigone go through tragic events such as getting themselves killed in attempt of saving others or getting their family killed because of their own selfishness and pride. Speaking of selfishness and pride, Creon has self-inflicted suffering and guilt on himself at the end of the story because of those two. For one of the reasons being: He made his son turned against him and made him meet his demise. That chains onto him having his wife Eurydice committing suicide as well as Antigone (his niece) also committing suicide.
Before she can get it though, Roderick dies of fear. The end of Roderick’s life is described as, “... in her violent and how final death-agonies bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated” (Poe 430). Throughout the story, Roderick anticipated that his sister’s spirit would try to attack him because he had always heard her voice
Suman Modha Professor Deanna Larsen American Literature 01 December 17, 2015 The Book Thief: Compare and Contrast Riveting, intriguing, and full of emotion, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is a very powerful and dark book. The story takes place during World War II which was a difficult time for the Jews. The protagonist, Liesel Meminger, is taken to her foster parents after her brother dies and her mother cannot take care of her anymore. Throughout her life with her foster parents, she gets closely attached to her foster father who teaches her how to read. However, the only way for her to get books is by stealing them.
Throughout the book, Liesel discovers the power that words hold and uses them to help her cope with the hardships of living in Nazi Germany as well as to silently resist the dictatorial rule of Adolf Hitler. In the face of extreme evil accompanied by enormous authority, the ability to recognise one’s potential power allows an individual to express their own opinions and build relationships which aids in the ability to persevere and survive the adverse conditions one is living under as well as reduce the power of the oppressor. In The Book Thief, Liesel’s discovery of the power of words lights a fire and curiosity within her that drives her to steal books, but also allows her to see the world in which she is living, in a new light. She is no longer blindly
In All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, the two protagonists from opposing countries, Marie-Laure and Werner, unite together when Werner’s desire to redeem himself after committing despicable actions leads him to abandoning the Nazis and aiding her. For instance, when working for the Nazi intelligence, he unintentionally leads his accomplices to an innocent home where they falsely murder a young girl and her mother. After meeting Marie-Laure: “[He] thinks of [Marie-Laure], whether he wishes to or not… She takes up residence inside him, a living doppelganger to face down the dead Viennese girl who haunts him every night” (423). Because Werner has a strong conscience and feels liable for the death of the Viennese girl, he is unable to
Death himself complains about having so much work while the humans kill themselves. But mostly the unfairness is based around the people surrounding Liesel’s life. For example, mother and father were taken away because they were communist. Rudy, and all her friends died in an air raid while she herself survived. She was not given an opportunity to educate herself and had to work for it herself, unlike other kids who had parents.
Which character is most affected by war, and how? “No matter how many times she was told she was loved, there was no recognition that the proof was in the abandonment.” (32) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak discusses mainly the power of words, and war in Nazi Germany and how a girl grows up in pain, love, and misery through that period of her life. To begin with, Paula, Liesel’s mother gave her and her brother Werner to foster parents, Liesel’s parents were communists so they took her father away, hence, even though she didn’t know why, her mother had to give them over to Rosa and Hans Hubermann, but just before getting there, death took Werner away. And maybe that’s when pain begins for Liesel, as much as readers know. Liesel has been, since her arrival to the Hubermanns’, haunted by sleepless nights, nightmares, grief, etc.
: This passage is significant to the novel because it reminds the reader that no matter how much pain and suffering Liesel feels, she lives in a safer “world” than characters like Max. But death migrates from Liesel’s pain and travels to Max’s. Max has lost his entire family and faces persecution, but his true pain lies within him. He left his family to die; he is risking another family’s life, and is constantly belittled for being Jewish. This is why this quote is important, it shows the reader not only the physical, but mental pain that the citizens of Germany
Liesel, like Psyche, also losses one of her loved ones; one of her closest friends, Max. Max is a Jew in hiding with the Huberman’s, however, due to the increasing danger his presence brought to the Huberman’s, he left the household in search of a new hiding place. Max’s departure is devastating to Liesel, however months afterwards Liesel finds Max again, on his way to a Nazi concentration camp. Liesel breaks all Nazi codes and
As a result of this hatred, my Omi’s grandmother and her brother were taken by the Nazis and ushered to a concentration camp in 1943. In 1944, Omi’s mother received a letter in the mail stating that her mother died in the concentration camp. Omi’s family later learned that their grandmother was burned to death in an oven because she became ill and couldn’t work anymore. However, the whereabouts of Omi’s uncle was left up to her family’s
The Book Thief tells a story of a girl named Liesel, who was adopted by Hans and Rosa Hubermann during World War II. Liesel was quiet but then made friends with other kids on her street. Liesel soon began to learn to read and wanted more books to read so she began to steal them. She made a Jewish friend who she loved to be with, but he soon left their house because he thought they would be better off without him. Liesel wasn 't happy in the end because of what happened to her friends and family during the