Book Report On The Book Thief

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Zusak’s Depiction of Book Burnings in The Book Thief “Anyone who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself” (Henley 1). The Book Thief is written in third person omniscient, letting the reader get an insight view on the events of World War II from a new perspective. The act of book burnings, especially those done in World War II, have been done to destroy undesirable ideas, and to show what a regime stands for (Henley 1). This is widely shown in The Book Thief, as the novel shows Liesel Meminger, a young girl who becomes fascinated with books and literature and begins stealing banned books from burnings and libraries. Throughout the novel she starts to question as to why these burnings need to happen in the first place, and why the Nazi control is so extreme. Zusak’s realistic portrayal of the book burnings helps the reader understand the Nazi control during World War II. Book burnings are said to be one of the oldest and most common forms of censorship in history (Banned Books 1). It is known to proceed from a cultural, religious, or political opposition to the materials in question (Book Burning 1). Book burning became a very common practice in Europe by the Nazis, to show the people of Germany what a regime stands for (Henley 1). Notice about these burnings became international, and protests against them have sprung from Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis and to other cities (Stern 1). Many American…

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