One of the things it symbolizes is the last time she saw her mother and brother. The day she stole the book was the day of her brother’s funeral and the day her mother gave her up to her foster parents. Another things symbolized by The Gravedigger’s Handbook is the relationship she developed with Hans. When Hans found out she had the book, she still didn’t know him that well.
And to top it off, it is based in the holocaust. In the book thief, Liesel meminger is riding on a train to her adoption parents with her mother and brother, when her brother dies of unknown causes. While at a small makeshift funeral, Liesel takes the gravediggers handbook, and keeps it. She is adopted by Hans and rosa hubermann, Hans is a nice man but his wife rosa is angry personality, but is good hearted and nice on the inside.
An important role model in Liesel’s life is Ilsa Hermann. After seeing Liesel steal a book at the book burning, she gives her the ‘window of opportunity’ (Zusak, pg. 155) inviting her into her library and sharing her own love of books with Liesel. The reader eventually learns that Ilsa is still mourning the loss of her own son many years before. Ilsa takes Liesel into her care after the tragedy of the bombing raids that results in the death of Hans and Rosa leaving Liesel traumatised and
The theme of this book is learning to love and care for the people around. How I came to this conclusion is by how Liesel acts towards Max, her foster parents, Rudy, and her neighbors. Liesel cares for people even if they weren't like her and she doesn't understand why there is hatred in this world. She wanted the world to be a happy place for everyone including Jews to be friends with one another. On page 426 in ‘The Book Thief’, when Rudy’s father went to war Liesel could relate to Rudy because “her mother.
Liesel had a very tough childhood with her mother abandoning her and her brother dying, plus everybody else she lost. Even though she suffered many terrible events during her childhood, she still prevailed through it by reading books and using her words. Her obsession with stealing books and living in the Hubermann household represented the beauty in her life in the wake of the brutality caused by the Nazi party. She spent quality time learning how to read with Hans, and was amazed how kind and patient Hans was. Liesel bonding with Mas was also a part of the beauty in her life, in spite of the brutality and the despair happening in her life.
“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak takes place in Germany during the rise of the Nazis. Abandoned by her father and her mother dead Liesel is adopted by the Hubermanns. Her papa helps her learn to read because she was struggling in school. Leisel ends up stealing books earning her the nickname the book thief. One major theme is “Words are important and that you should be careful how you use them.”
One action that led the Little Seamstress to leave the mountain is the knowledge they gave her by reading the books. Another action would be traveling with the young men to the city to watch movies. The final action would be abortion she underwent when Lou is gone. All these actions affected Lou because he thought he is civilizing her for him but then at the end she wants more than him. These actions also affected the narrator because he secretly loves her and she leaves him.
Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones in the short story, “Thank You, Ma 'am”, is a hard-working and honest woman who cares about Roger, an orphaned street boy. She took Roger home with her and wanted to talk to the boy instead of just calling the police. In the story, Mrs. Luella prevents Roger from taking her purse, and takes him home with her because apparently he has no guardians. Later that night, Mrs. Luella asks Roger why he tried to steal her purse, and he eventually reveals that he really wanted some blue suede shoes.
According to the novel, Ji-Li’s grandma was forced to sweep alley and her dad was detained because of the Cultural Revolution. In the beginning, she thought life was great because of her good grades and the admiration of her classmates. Now, after everything fell apart, she thinks that life is actually very difficult since she had to take care of her mother, had limited income, and since she had classmates who gossiped and humiliated her. The time influenced Ji-Li by making her know what was happening since she would see her neighbors beaten by the Red Guards or have store signs taking down because of the revolution and new laws. The place influences a person’s identity development by making them compare or think about their laws and place with other locations.
Reading is important for teenagers because reading skills are essential for critical thinking. Many teenagers do not enjoy reading because they can never find the right book. Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph is a good book for teenage girls; even those who dislike reading. In this book, Nina Perez a fifteen year old girl moves from Dominican Republic to New York. In New York, she discovers her own strength and independence; as well as uncovering disturbing secrets about her older brother, Darrio.
“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”(“Words Quotes - BrainyQuote”). In the novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, words are expressed to change the minds of Hitler’s followers to believe his every word. Words are also used against German citizens if they do not conform to the societal expectations. On the other hand, Liesel has a lust for words and she wishes to use them to positively impact others.
Death, the last figure we see before our grasp on reality slips for the last time, a constant reminder of our mortality. Death is also the first figure we are introduced to and the narrator of The Book Thief. By use of his monologue we learn of his fascination with colors as an escape from his never ending duties as a soul collector. This insight into Death's personality assures us that he is not an emotionless character, but that rather then succumbing to the sad and sometime horrific scenes of his victims he must find ways of enduring them. Through Deaths travels we're brought to another of his fascinations, a small girl and the main protagonist of the story, Liesel Meminger.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is a very courageous book, it is chock full of courage! It took courage to defy Hitler and other bullies, because usually if you did, you died. Also it took courage for Rudy to jump in the river, for Hans to willingly go to war again, and for Liesel to confront Ilsa about her problems. Courage can be applied today by describing military members, law enforcement, etc. The Book Thief is absolutely full of courage.
You hate Hitler, and befriend the blacks? The bad news is, you would probably be beaten to death in the 1940’s. Although, the good news is you are not alone. The Book Thief and The Help are both very important novels showing people who see through the unpopular perspective. Both showing how important it is to stand up for the things you believe in.