Death occurs throughout the story and ultimately 3:19defines many of the characters. The opening death of Liesel's brother fixates in her mind 3:24and dreams, often haunting her for weeks and months. Even the death of Max's father, Hans' 3:30old war friend, has a great influence on Hans, as he learns the accordion and takes in Max, 3:36a Jew, during a highly volatile time. 3:38This story also discusses the power of words and language. Readers see the rise of Liesel 3:43through just the simple act of reading.
Nine years old, alone, suffering from the death of her brother, Liesel has been separated from her mother and left at 33 Kimmel Street in Molching to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann. In this book narrated by Death himself Liesel is made fun of at school because she is unable to read. Early on Liesel realizes that she is powerless without words and this is one of the things that drives her throughout the book to never be powerless… wordless. Liesel has nightmares when she is first living at Himmel Street and she has to be sat with by Hans through the night. Liesel is happy and content living on Himmel Street and she becomes good friends with a guy named Rudy Steiner that is always trying to kiss her.
Elie Wiesel was a young boy when he did survived the holocaust.. In his memoir Night, we follow his journey as a Jewish boy in a time where expressing your religion could mean life or death. Between living under the watch of Nazi regimes, trying to keep his father alive, and surviving the inhumanity of others, Elie’s had fought and lived through the genocide unlike any other. However, surviving the holocaust does not come without a price. Wiesel lived at the sacrifice of his faith and identity, which were left in fragments after the existence of evil that left a permanent scar on his life.
Well, Liesel’s life has been ruined as her prized possessions she was trying her best to treasure, is all gone for good. Her dreams and hope are all ruined. For example, one of her dreams was to build up a compassionate and friendship-type bond with Max Vandenburg, a Jewish man who’s hiding away from the open and evil world. She wasn’t able to do so as Max has been caught by the Nazis. Liesel’s dream is a symbol of how Max has become a surrogate for the death of her brother, Werner Meminger.
At only nine years of age, Liesel was separated from her biological family. Her family always lived in constant hunger due to poverty. Liesel’s mother had to sustain the family on her own now that her husband was taken away for being a communist. In an effort to make life better for her children, Mrs. Meminger decided to put her two children up
Throughout The Book Thief Liesel steals and reads books. The common population are led to believe that she reads for her own enjoyment, however, Liesel reads for much more. Liesel’s reading is actually a distraction from the war and death surrounding her. This is proven because her happiest moments are when she is reading, when there were rough times she went to her books, and the books bring happiness to others. This is why Liesel reads less as leisure but more as a distraction.
Most would recognize one of the prominent themes that is found in the Book Thief is love can be found everywhere. Markus Zusak presents this theme throughout the Book Thief by characterization through Liesel’s character traits, actions, and words. This theme is universal because you can find love in anything. She discovered her love for literature during one the toughest parts of her life. Liesel found friends that would do anything to protect her even endanger their own lives.
They eventually all gathered up, full of fear, in the basement of Fiedlers. Luckily, no harm had been done to their precious home, and Max was alive. I was relieved when I heard this news. Liesel had gone through so much, losing one of the people in her life that meant a lot to her, and maybe if she had too lost Max, she would be defeated because she would think that everyone she ever truly loved would disappear on her. Unfortunately, there was a second raid, in which Liesel, in an attempt to keep everyone quiet, began to read.
The most important characters in the book are Liesel, the protagonist of the story. Her new foster parents, mr and miss Hubermann are at first not very fond of the girl but with time they start to grow as a family together and at the end of the book the relationship between the three of them is really close. The main theme of the book is destruction, war, death, but it also contains the themes peace and