Power Of Words In The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak is the author of The Book Thief which in its essence, identifies the roles of the Germans, and the Jews in World War II. Both the main protagonist, and the narrator, Death, focus on the potential of words in Hitler’s Germany. The power of words has tremendous capacity to heal and hurt people; however, in spite of the good that words may accomplish, they cannot solve all problems. Words can be used to destroy a nation, or sustain a people. With this potential even young people can use words powerfully. Hitler was a master of words; however, he used them at the detriment of the German and Jewish people. Propaganda was a tool that the Nazi party were well versed in, using it to inflict and spread utter loathing and prejudice against the Jewish people. To commemorate Hitler’s birthday and victory over his enemies, Nazi members were accumulating fuel. Any material which they felt should be done away with, any propaganda from the enemy. “The Germans loved to burn things. Shops, synagogues, Reichstags, houses, personal items, slain people, and of course books” (The Book Thief, Marcus Zuzack, p84). Hitler was having mass book burnings, with books which were sympathetic to Jews or where they were the heroes. By doing this Hitler excited the people and brought them together with one cause: to rid themselves of the Jews. Hitler also hurt people personally, including Liesel. The close bond that she had developed with Max was harshly taken away from her when,
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