‘That [Death] in a way was a metaphor for the idea that this book is about people doing beautiful things in a really ugly time.’ (Zusak, 2010) One of the central themes presented in The Book Thief is the idea of family. It is evident in the text that the idea of a family is not just limited to those in which we are inherently connected; it encompasses those we care for. Her arrival on Himmel Street, leaves Liesel struggling to face the abandonment she has experienced with her mother leaving her for a reason she does not understand and the devastating loss of her brother, Werner, whose ghost haunts her throughout the novel.
To begin, Ursula K. le Guin presents the theme of loss through Gwilan, and the loss of both her harp and her husband. While traveling Gwilans cart crashes and in the crash her harp is destroyed. “she did not take out a harp, but a piece of wood, and another piece, and a tangle of strings, and a sliver of ivory, and a twisted shell of silver chased with lines...” (Guin) After crashing Gwilan is forced to deal with the loss of her favorite harp. She decided that to deal with this loss she would marry Torm.
Addie, the deathly ill mother, takes part in many ironic situations which accentuate the novel's dark humor. For example, she looks forward to dying instead of reflecting on good memories or thinking about her family. This is seen when she
In Book two the readers are introduced to Sin and Death. The characters Death, Sin, and Satan are in a complicated situation. Reminiscent of another epic poem, Sin has found herself having intercourse with her father and become pregnant. Sin uses the word “pregnant” when speaking of being with Satan’s child: ...
Slavery is wicked and gory and monstrous and that is well known today but during the time it was well known. In Frederick Douglass’s, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass tries to persuade everyone to stop the madness and recognize how awful slavery is; to do this he uses comparison and realization leading to the reader being blown away by this one slave’s life story. The goal of Douglass’s writing makes the reader see slavery in a different light. This is why Douglass’s writing is such a heavy read. To get his point across he talks about how monstrous his whole life is, starting for the very beginning when “... the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it” (Douglass 1.4) Douglass had to go through
While death is permanent, life continues to change. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag demonstrates this idea as each time the motif of death appears, Montag’s perception of the world is distorted. The deaths of three very influential figures in Montag’s life allow Bradbury to push Montag to his limits. On each occasion where death is present, a change occurs in the way Montag processes the intricate workings of society’s influences on his life; and he begins to become more rebellious and self-aware.
In paragraph 7 Alice Walker describes the corpse in detail, and Myops innocence disappears altogether, “His head lay beside him” tells the reader that the man’s head is decapitated. Added to this the quote “all of them cracked or broken” conveys that this man had taken a real long beating before his death and that may have been the cause of his death. As the story goes into paragraph 8, Myop then discovers the real cause, and is aware of how evil the world can be, “rotted remains of a noose”. This portrays that the man had been hung ,and gradually Myop understands what has happened and is able to acknowledge the truth about
“Good Witch Bad Witch”: Unforgiving Ways In the short story “ Good Witch Bad Witch” by Gregory Sanders he illustrates how Rex narrates his fond childhood memories and his inability to forgive his favorite aunt racist comments. Later in the story he sees himself parallel to Grandmother Gertrude the woman who was dislike and would have been dishonored by her entire family. This text illustrates that a Physical and Historical setting is a reflection of the family members true character.
It is towards the end of the book does the audience gets Death’s thoughts saying, “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant”(Zusak,550). Death, the observer has seen the start and will see humanity's end.
As the story progresses, the narrator leads the reader throughout his journey, which ends with him finally killing the man. For this reason, the murderer should be sentenced to psychiatric treatment and twenty years of prison, since he acted exactly like a madman (hearing noises and sounds that didn’t exist), and he actually made a plan to go through with the murder. One of the themes that is consistent throughout this story is the idea of mental illness. The main character shows signs of being mentally ill as he constantly makes it clear that his sole reason for wanting to kill the old man is his eye (as he mentions in the text, he “grew furious as he gazed upon it” (Poe, 1843)).
Empathy is a quality difficult to attain. Not many people can really look through the eyes of someone else most of us are sympathetic. Empathy is almost a rare feeling how often are you going to feel empathy for the syrian refugees or children in Africa? It’s hard to feel empathy for things that we haven't experienced. But in every bundle of people their is an Atticus Finch.
The most important theme in this novel that is apparent throughout the entire book is social inequality. This sets the tone for the book and most events are based around this common theme. Throughout the book, the characters learn about the real world through the racism and unbalance of social power that takes place during this time period. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee represents the struggles for social equality in the 1930's through two young characters that grow up around people that are pushing racism and segregation. For example, it was known throughout the whole town that Atticus “won’t win, he can’t win” (Lee 246) in his trial defending a black man.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, tells a story about a lawyer going through a journey where he faces many difficult tasks. My hero, named Atticus Finch, decided to defend the black man named Tom Robinson. Many people in the story wanted to kill Tom because of revenge. However, Atticus tries to prevent Tom’s death, even though Tom’s death was inevitable.