The historical fiction novel, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, examines the hardships endured by Liesel Meminger, a young girl rushed to live with foster parents to survive during World War Two. The power of love and friendship have the ability to sustain people in the darkest of times. Liesel's Foster father Hans acts as her teacher and role model by proving the value of reading and true compassion. Max, a Jewish boy seeking safety from Nazi soldiers in their basement becomes Liesel's best friend through them relating to past experiences and their love for reading.
World War Two was a time of discrimination and injustice. Hans shows sympathy towards Jewish people while most Germans do not have the courage, his actions are brave and genuine. The suffering Jewish people walk through the center of town, Hans and Liesel are astonished as “[a] jew stood before [hans], expecting another handful of derision, but he watches with everyone else as Han Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic”(394). Shortly after Hans punishment entails, the brutal whip strikes across his back four times. Hans knew in the moment what he was doing and the punishment proceeding but he did it for the bigger message to get across to Liesel. Hans conveys life lessons to Liesel throughout the novel as her role model, this lesson proves that standing up for what you believe in over rules all. Along with being a role model to Liesel Hans teaches her the importance of reading
There is a part where we watch as humans are so ugly that it is hard for us to imagine that what they had done is possible. Liesel is playing soccer in the park and all of a sudden all the kids stop because of a noise they hear coming down the street. They think it could be a herd of cattle, but that not what it is. It is a group of Jewish people being led, or forced, to the death camps by German soldiers. On there way we watch a man die “He was dead. The man was dead. Just give him five minutes and he would surely fall into the German gutter and die. They would all let him, and they would all watch”(Zusak 393). This is talking about how when a Jewish person would die, the Germans wouldn’t do anything. They wouldn’t care that a man died right in front of them. While the Jews are walking Hans, Liesel adopted father, gives them bread. While Hans is giving this man bread a German soldier notices what is going on. He walks over to the man and, “The Jew was whipped six times. On his back, his heart, and
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, tells the story of Liesel Meminger. Liesel was taken in as a foster child by an older, German couple amid Nazi Germany. During Liesel’s stay with the Hubermanns, her foster father (Hans) is faced with the quandary of hiding a Jew (Max). Hans serves as a moral compass of sorts in The Book Thief and tries to do right by others. When faced with this dilemma, he was not only making a decision that would decide Max’s fate, but also his families’ safety.
Through all of the irony and vivid coloring, The Book Thief is more easily understood after acquiring knowledge of reading literature with greater care and meticulousness. Applying chapters of How to Read Literature like a Professor can better enhance a reader’s awareness of hidden messages and symbols within certain works of literature. In Chapter Two, Foster explains how meals suggest a communion between all parties involved in it. Markus Zusak also uses meals and food to bring families together in The Book Thief. Foster also explains, in Chapter Eleven, how violence in literature usually stands for more than just violence.
Hitler commanded people what to do in the book, and they did them without hesitating. For example, the German people were told to send persecute the Jews and turn them in, so most people did exactly that. Words not only can influence a person’s actions, but their mood as well. Liesel’s papa would come into her bedroom at night to help her fall asleep with reassuring words. After Liesel finishes writing a book of her life, she says, “I hope I made them right” (528). This shows that Liesel understands the power of the words she had written, and they have the power to influence
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, takes place in 1940s Nazi Germany in the small town of Molching. The main character, Liesel Meminger, takes on a role as the foster child of Hans and Rosa Hubermann. She also meets a young boy named Rudy Steiner, who goes on to be her best friend and lover. In the book, Liesel faces many challenges big and small. From hiding a Jew in the basement to a thieving lifestyle, Liesel has to learn to overcome all of life's problems. Through all of this, she is supported by her foster father Hans Hubermann who is caring to people he barely knows, intelligence despite his lack of education, and generosity even when he has little for himself.
The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak shows how the impact on the power of language has on Liesel Meimeger through the structure of the novel. The structure of the novel shows the development of the character Liesel, highlighting the impact of the power of language. In her development, she finds the ability to express herself as well as to connect to others. Books become a comfort to her and heal her, they help her grow strong relationships with other characters in her life. However, she also sees the damage words have caused through Nazi propaganda, understanding that Hitler 's words have been the cause of suffering of the people in her life. Despite this, the structure of the novel shows the ability of the character to understand that
In The Book Thief, a work of historical fiction, written by Markus Zusak introduces the main character Liesel Meminger, the reader starts to see how she keeps having many conflicts but always stays positive. Liesel has many conflicts, for example her brother dies early in the book and that shapes the way she is. Later on Liesel steals books and that makes her happy because the first book she stole was the grave digger's handbook and that is how she remembers her brother. Liesel steals and reads books this is how she finds happiness with all the bad things going on around her. In the end of the book most of the people she loves die and it is hard for her to find happiness again. The author uses the setting and point of view to express theme and to make the reader feel sympathy; He uses this because with the theme of finding light in the darkness, deaths perception, and the setting of Germany makes the theme clearer.
Liesel Meminger is the daughter of Paula Meminger. She is also the sister of late Warren Meminger. Consequently, she steals the first book in the novel, called The Gravedigger's Handbook. Therefore, Death gave her the nickname of “ the book thief” before us knowing that she would become “the book thief”. Liesel Meminger is the hardworking, book-thieving, kind-hearted protagonist of The Book Thief. She loves books so much that she steals them, even before knowing how to read. All of this started because stealing books reminds her of Warren Meminger. This is even she bonds more with Hans Hubermann, her foster father, dedicates his time to teach her how to read. We might be asking, why hasn’t she gotten an education at the age of 10. The answer is not as clear as others, but it definitely has to do with Liesel father’s communist affiliations. He was part of the German Communist Party, that was popular when Hitler took over. This is also the reason why she had to be fostered.
Human nature is full of complexities. It has inclinations towards violence as well as kindness and empathy – both at different times. These complexities are baffling for one to keep up with. These complexities are clearly emphasized in Markus Zusak’s novel, ‘The Book Thief’. Taking place during the Holocaust, Liesel Meminger loses her family members and she then lives with her foster parents, the Hubermans. While she creates wonderful memories with Rudy, mama, papa and other members, Molching is bombed in the end, killing everyone but Liesel. In this book, Zusak uses archetypal characters and symbols to show the complex human nature and how far one can go in terms of kindness and cruelty. The mentor, Hans, shows the act of kindness while the villain, Hitler shows so much cruelty that most of the people living in
The developmental stage of a young child’s life is very crucial and can be impacted by the media. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel Meminger is a young girl living in a very important part of Germany’s history, the Second World War. Liesel’s childhood unfolds and develops against the backdrop of a time when words, books specifically were used for power and control. Liesel is someone who has a love for reading and, as such, books become very important to her, not only for her education but for her rebellion and discovering her true identity. Throughout the novel, books become a crucial symbol used to convey the desires and discovery of identity for the main character as her childish ignorance changes to her mature adulthood.
The Emotions That Words Cause Words can break past the glass barriers that actions cannot seem to surpass. Readers of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak can understand this by taking a closer look at words in the book. In fact, it is narrated by Death himself, and he has experienced the extent of what words can do to people. Death tries to put a comical spin on things that have happened during World War II to distract him from the horrid events. The book is full of ways, words have affected people during one of the most devastating times in history.
When Hans was sworn in, it was the time when air raids over key German. Cities were growing in terms of occurrence and fatality. The next time that Liesel saw Max, he was being paraded towards the concentration camp in Dachau, a close by town. Liesel loses all confidence and begins to scorn the written word, having learned that Hitler's propaganda is to blame for the war. the Holocaust, and the passing of her birth parents and brother.
Hans is a passionate, caring man who earns his living as a house painter by day and an accordion player by night. Liesel believes his eyes show kindness, and is closer to him from the beginning than to her foster mother. He is one of a few in their village who is not a registered member of the Nazi party, which comes to have serious repercussions on the family as the book progresses. Rosa Hubermann is a stern, strong woman who looks like a “wardrobe with a coat thrown over it” and would be “cute,” but appears perpetually annoyed. She peppers her language with epithets like “Saumensch” and “Saukerl” and “Arschloch”. “Sau” refers to “pig” and mensch is girl and kerl is man, arschloch sounds pretty close to its English equivalent. From the beginning Liesel is “saumensch,” which at first refers to Rosa’s annoyance at taking this girl in, even though it does mean more money for the family. But by the end, it has become a term of true endearment. Liesel’s best friend in the village is a little boy named Rudy, “the boy next door who was obsessed with the black American athlete Jesse Owens.” Rudy is in love with Liesel and always pesters her for a kiss, which he does finally receive, after some pretty serious turns in the story. He is a simple, almost naïve boy, and would do almost anything for her, including jumping into a nearly