Zachary Benhamou 2/14/2017 Book Report The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Publisher: Picador (Australia), Knopf (U.S.) Published: In 2005 584 Pages Genre: Historical novel; coming-of-age novel; Holocaust novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a novel that mostly takes place in the town of Molching, Germany, near Munich, between 1939 and 1943. Death tells the story of Liesel Meminger, starting when she is only nine years old and still going through the pain from the death of her brother and splitting up from her mother. Liesel goes to live with her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann at 33 Himmel Street in Molching, Germany.
Narrative Tension in The Book Thief In Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, the most apparent form of narrative tension is anticipation. As an example, he uses anticipation because everyone wants to see what is going on within the next pages of the book. He uses a variety of elements to keep the reader interested in what is going to happen. In the writing it states, “A SPECTACULARLY TRAGIC MOMENT/ A train was moving quickly.
Through personification the speaker depicts death as a gentlemen, and not someone who brutally takes our lives quickly, but in a courteous manner. The use of symbolism to describe three locations as three stages of life. These three stages are used to show our childhood,adulthood, and us as elderly soon about to meet death, The speaker also uses imagery to show that all death is a simple cold, then we go to a resting place which is the grave, and from there on we move on toward eternity. Death is a part of life that we all need to embrace, and learn that it is not meant to be
Death’s search for beauty in World War II surrounds the whole book. With the fighting among both sides of the war along with the Holocaust, Death is constantly at work while people continue to die. Death saw beauty in Leisel’s story on Himmel Street, but he also saw darkness in people along with the war and how it can tear families apart. Death saw beauty and ugliness in Hans, Rudy, and Leisel which helped him see some of the beauty that came from World War II.
'The Book Thief’ a fictional novel by Markus Zusak, and ‘Night ' an autobiography by Elie Wiesel, are two texts that are set during the Holocaust era in World War 2 and represent the reading of how Overpowering governments cause the death and oppression of individuals through discriminative regimes, such as Nazi Germany. Both authors utilise the reading through historical context, figurative language and perspective.
The Importance of Individuality “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” Ray Bradbury’s famous quote shows that while differences are disliked by many people, persuading people to be the same is like destroying a culture, eliminating the possibility of future developments. Can being different possibly save a life? While many people see individuality and differences as embarrassing, it is an important part of human life.
People Who Helped in Hidden Ways Topic: Germans that helped Jews during World War II Working thesis statement: Helping Jews was very dangerous in Nazi Germany during World War Two because of Hitler’s bigoted nationalism, yet numerous Germans civilians and soldiers assisted a Jew in some way during the time of war. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel’s fictitious family and friends help Jews in the same ways that real life Germans helped Jews to hide and escape during World War II. Rolling Introduction Introduction Paragraph #1 Introduction Paragraph #2 Religious intolerance and persecution of Jewish people was common in Nazi Germany; however, there were some Germans that helped Jews despite the dangers. Some brave German soldiers and
Did you know that Pavel Friedman, the author of the book The Butterfly wrote “A total of around 15,000 children under the age of fifteen passed through [the concentration camp] Terezin. Of these, around 100 came back”. This is a completely, absolutely horrid statistic, and yet it is true. Speculate about being a child back in Nazi Germany. Not all of these kids were Jews. Imagine the fear of this being you, even if you were a non-Jewish, upstanding young citizen of Nazi Germany. Many children probably felt this pang of danger. The author Markus Zusak captured a story of one of these kids. Not one who was sent away, but lived in the shadow of possibility of being slaughtered, as many did at that time. In his book The Book Thief, he describes Liesel Meminger, the main character, and her troubles, from the horrible violence of the Nazis to the stinging pain of hunger to the delicious
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.
Discoveries often offer up new understandings of ourselves and the world we live in. To what extent is this reflected in your core text and at least one other text of your own choosing? Through discoveries, we can learn new things about ourselves and the world around us. This is effectually conveyed in the poetry of Robert Frost.
Circumstances can make or break you, yet Markus Zusak uses Liesel to show it can make you into the person you can be. Like for example, when one gets tossed with people she has no idea she can turn into the person one is truly made up of or she can let her break her to make her complain and not take the advantages she is given. In The Book Thief, Markus uses Liesel to illustrate how tough circumstances can build you. For Liesel, defining tough circumstances were when she had to live with foster parents, when she had to learn to read, when she had to read in front of her class and be made fun of, and the dealing with her mother and brother dying. These are a few of the many tough situations that built her throughout The Book Thief.
A natural human instinct is to do anything in order to survive. Though a person may not necessarily want to survive, the physical body of a person does. The body naturally will try to do anything in order to protect itself and survive even when the person does not notice. Survival comes at a cost that not all people are willing to pay. To survive there are struggles and obstacles that not all are willing to face, but to get through these obstacles an individual is one step closer to survival. In the novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak this can be seen. Zusak purposes that man must suffer before they are able to heal in order to become empowered to survive.
The Book Thief revolves around Hans and Rosa Hubermann, Rudy Steiner, Max Vandenburg, and the infamous ten-year-old book thief, Liesel Meminger. The setting is Himmel Street, Germany during World War II and the narrator is Death, who busily runs to and fro taking souls and stumbles upon the Book Thief’s very own handwritten book. Though Death might not be the narrator someone would think fit to be point of view for the book, he manages to catch and describe the beauty and destruction of war whilst telling the stories of the people living on Himmel Street. Along with Markus Zusak’s captivating writing, he will tell an unforgettable story set during the Holocaust from the views of a Jew on the run and four Germans while a war wages on. Whereas other authors would prefer writing from the victim’s perspective during the war, Markus Zusak gives insight on the Germans that had no choice but to grudgingly obey throughout Hitler’s rule. Though Markus Zusak has written many other good books, The Book Thief is his bestselling book for its outstandingly distinct writing, perspective, and story of love.