Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief paints a brilliant picture of a young girl’s life in Hitler’s Germany. Liesel experienced the normal aspects of childhood: friendship, competition, loyalty, mischief. She also, however, encountered numerous ordeals that a child should not have to undergo. Liesel’s story is very unique, but I find it easy to connect with her.
Markus Zusak’s coming-of-age, historical fiction novel, The Book Thief, tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child brought to live with a family in Molching, Germany during World War II. Throughout the novel, Liesel meets many characters who show tremendous courage in the face of the circumstances they are forced to endure like Hans, Rudy, and Max. However, the courage that they exhibit is not always the kind where they run out into battle with guns blazing but something else. Hans Hubermann, Liesel’s foster father, is at first glance, an unceasingly kind, yet ordinary, man. Even Death says so when we first meet him:
Following the time line of World War II the book is considered a piece of historical fiction. This book is called The Book Thief, which was written by Markus Zusak. This book follows the life story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger. The book mentions many historically accurate events and details. The reader is taken into Germany to witness the struggles and hardships that Liesel’s life will lead.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are two books in which the duo of Death and War have an omnipresent influence. War being the powerful wife with all the power and Death being the quiet husband who would not dare to defy his wife. The Book Thief and Fahrenheit 451 are two of their many children. And their parent's influence is ever-present throughout them. Hence wherever there is war, there is death, and apparent factor in both Fahrenheit 451 and The Book Thief; however, the reactions from each protagonist toward these topics drastically change the outcomes of both novels.
The narrator introduces a new character at the beginning of the second quarter of the book, Max Vandenburg. He is hiding in a secret storage room because he is Jewish and therefore sought out by German soldiers to take him away. Max is starving and constantly alone in the dark, unable to sleep because he is too afraid to be found by the Führer. Eventually, Max leaves his hiding place to travel to a safer place: Molching. All he has on with him is a fake identity card, a copy of Mein Kempf, a map with a key inside, and what little remains of the food he was given by his friend that was keeping him in hiding.
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.
During the novel, The Book Thief it explains in detail how the characters say how they felt responsible for the death about what happened to others and many others said that they felt devastated. When this incident with the pilot and the plane Rudy takes the bears and lays them on the pilot, The pilot then thanks him and then the pilot dies. When Liesel takes a trip to ilsa Hermann 's library she took a book. She gets a letter back from IIsa saying that I know you find me pathetic because I could not employ your foster mother anymore but you only take one book away from me anyways. The last thing is Hans accordion, When Hans dies Liesl places the accordion next to him and then she says bye Papa I will forever miss you.
The Book Thief composed by Markus Zusak is a story of compassion, betrayal, and death. On the surface Liesel may portray as a naive German girl but beyond the surface she is just a ray of sunshine in a world filled with hatred, violence and death. Liesel Meminger is a foster child, age nine in the beginning of the book, who experiences life in Nazi Germany. She is strong-willed, brave, and an opportunist. Throughout her experiences, she slowly begins to develop a love of reading books and since she can’t afford them she has to steal, therefore her nickname forms The Book Thief.
In part one of The Book Thief, Liesel, one of the main characters, starts to develop relationships with other main characters of the novel. One relationship that she starts to develop is with Rudy. Liesel starts to become best friends with Rudy even though he likes her. Rudy likes Liesel so much so that he challenges her to a race in which if he wins then he gets to kiss Liesel. Liesel only accepts this under the condition that if she wins, she will be free from the position of goalie.
The power of words in “The Book Thief” and the endless strength they carry is a prime topic throughout the book. “The Book Thief”, a novel narrated by Death about Liesel, a young German girl who is given up for adoption to live with the Hubermann’s shortly before World War II. Liesel discovers the power that words, written or spoken, have to transform people, relationships, and lives. In the novel, Mark Zusak uses the relationship between characters to signify the power of words. Within “The Book Thief” the author suggests that words hold much power and have a major role in crafting the relationships between the characters.