Resistance in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Essay

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Mahatma Gandhi once said “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.” Markus Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief clearly demonstrates the positive outcome from acts of resistance through exchanges between characters. For instance, Hans displays resistance through his acts of kindness. In addition, Max’s courageous actions portray defiance. Lastly, Liesel uses the power of books and words to defy the Fascistic beliefs. Through exchanges between characters, acts of resistance against the Nazi regime are performed.
First of all, Hans displays acts of resistance through his kind hearted demeanour. For instance, Hans helps discriminated Jews; as he demonstrates his defiance against the Nazi Regime. Hans gives a Jew a slice of bread, and as he perseveres to continue with his journey to the concentration camps, (a personified) Death describes, “The Jew [stands] before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he [watches] with everyone else as Hans Hubberman [holds] his hand out and [presents] a piece of breed, like magic” (Zusak 394). Like Death describes, Hans impulsively resists the Nazi Party through the act of helping Jews. He provides the man with hope, allowing him to continue with his journey despite Germany’s bigotry.
Likewise, Hans brings…