The Book Thief will give you a new view on world war 2 and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a challenging book. As mentioned before it all started with Liesel Meminger(was 14), her mother, and the corpse of her brother. This day would give Liesel nightmares for years, every night. Liesel's brother died of some form of disease. Her brother was berried on the way to Munich, there she stole her first book from a grave digger(Liesel didn't know how to read due to her families poorness).
I groped for the stair railing in the dark and felt a warm hand take mine. Startled, I looked up into Ultima’s brown, wrinkled face (Anaya 24).” The loss of innocence ties in with the mythical aspects of the novel because when Antonio feels saddened by an event that will eventually reflect on him, he turns to Ultima as a saving grace to treat him and make him feel better. The loss of innocence is an important theme in the novel considering it is a major issue that Antonio has to face upon aging, and Ultima acting as the supernatural force brings light to the hard-to-face
Liesel had one main reason to be ugly as she was a thief as she stole books from the mayor's library without his permission. He also tried to steal Max’s book a couple of times in the beginning of the movie. But Liesel also has a beautiful side as she is very curious and motivated to learn. Liesel wanted to read books and valued them as if they were priceless. She was interested in learning and reading which helped her improve her knowledge.
Because the value she put on reading was greater than any butterflies the “witch,” might give her. In her autobiography One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty utilizes a very creative kind of diction while she writes to portray the intense thirst she has for reading. To begin, Eudora Welty manipulates certain words in her text to exhibit the fear she and other children have for the librarian, Mrs. Calloway. She (Mrs. Calloway) would sit watching over the library with her “dragon eye,” as people came in to search for a new book (5). She was especially hard on the ladies, as she would, “[send] her strong
According to Lemony Snicket, “[You should] never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them” and writer Stephen King presumably would agree. In On Writing, pages one forty-seven through one fifty, King uses diction, critical and ardent tones and figurative language, to highlight the significance of reading and how it benefits a writer. King utilizes diction to persuade aspiring writers to read regularly. He writes, “I take a book with me everywhere I go, and find there are all sorts of opportunities to dip in.” (147) “Waiting rooms were made for books—of course! But so are theater lobbies before the show, long and boring checkout line and everyone’s favorite, the john.” (147) King uses an informal diction to advocate frequent reading.
The poem revolves around the many books that the speaker finds within a library and how they impact her, “To meet an antique book,” implies that it is not a book the speaker already owns. The poem makes a reader feel like they have to go pick up a book right now, making the mood almost a sense of longing for a good book, “His presence is enchantment, / You beg him not to go;” (25 and 26). The author also helps convey this mood through her diction. She uses phrases such as, “A precious, mouldering pleasure” (1), “A privilege” (4), “warming” (6), “enchantment” (25), and “tantalize” (28) when describing how the speaker herself feels when holding a book. Emily even goes on to use adjectives such as: “venerable” (5) to create sentences like “His venerable hand to take,” (5) to pull the theme and mood out.
This painful moment continues to show how death and war takes a physical and mental toll, but this tool only helps the people around her. Liesel, through the story, goes to Ilsa Hermann's library and reads her books, and when Liesel finally let go of her initial kiss on her brother, she helps Ilsa overcome her son’s death, opening a whole new set of doors for the both of them, together and apart. Ilsa, after dealing with this, is able to gather up the strength to help Liesel in return when she mentions the fact that she knows Liesel was stealing her books in her letter by stating that, “My only hope one day you will knock on the front door and enter the library in the more civilized manner”(369). She then continues with, “I hope you find this dictionary and
Dystopian Affairs Ray Bradbury’s depiction of a dystopia is interpreted through Guy Montag and his escape from society as well as Captain Beatty and his desire to get rid of books when they explore the technology and its advances in his novel, Fahrenheit 451. Born in a time of despair from the ongoing World War II, Bradbury fell in love with books as well as horror from a young age, and he enjoyed the sense of adventure it created (“Ray”). Bradbury uses “Fahrenheit 451 [as a reflection of his] lifelong love of books and his defense of the imagination against the menace of technology and government manipulation” (“Ray”), and bases his plots, characters, and themes on his past experiences and memories. World War II is a time period when literature was suddenly disappearing and technology became greatly significant. Realizing the troubles technology will create, Bradbury wrote stories based on dystopian affairs, including his most powerful novel, Fahrenheit 451.
What does Wright desire then? Once he has a library card and access to all kinds of books, Wright acknowledges his true hunger: “But a vague hunger would come over me for books, books that opened up a new avenue of feeling and seeing, and again I would forge another note to the white librarian” (Wright 252). Although Wright has money, food, and a job, he still has a “hunger” for something else. A hunger only books and knowledge can satisfy. To compensate for the anti-book policy of his previous households, Wright feasts on this opportunity to learn.
Her father was seen reading The Great Gatsby which alludes to the theme of desiring something that one cannot have (Bechdel 61). By showing her father reading this book, Bechdel alludes to the point that her father, like Gatsby, was a mystery and hid behind secret identities, but the books he read gave insight into his feelings of sexual tension. While books were a suppression for her father, Alison found that books helped express her sexuality. Every major event in the novel revolves around books, such as Bechdel’s first relationship with Joan. The couple was shown in a bed “strewn with books” and were reading books even while being intimate (Bechdel 80-81).
In the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, author Thomas Foster explains concepts that have been used in writing and how those can be interpreted differently. This includes vampires and ghosts and their relationship to seemingly normal people. The concept of vampires and ghosts can be found throughout the book The Scarlet Letter in the character Roger Chillingworth. It is hard to tell what his true intent is throughout the book, thus making him seem suspicious and somewhat evil. At the beginning of the book, a mysterious man arrives to Boston during Hester’s punishment on the scaffold, to find that she has committed adultery.