The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak shows different contexts with the same similar message. Zusak is revealing to the reader that words can be very powerful. The societal statement “power is knowledge” can be linked to the book by how knowledge creates power.The setting of Nazi Germany within the book burnings event, the basement with Max, and Liesel defending herself by her choice of words are all relevant to this societal statement since it demonstrates the idea of knowledge in numerous ways, and how powerful words were at these times.
To begin with, people tend to wonder how one man could have such a powerful but terrible influence over a large amount of innocent people. In addition, everyone constantly wonders how Hitler’s ideas and conclusions resulted in the death of over 6 million Jews. Throughout the novel The Book Thief, words have the power to both destroy and save lives. The allusion of Nazi Germany has both good and bad influences throughout the novel. “Without words, the Fuhrer was nothing”(Zusak 521). The words inside this quote specifically shows the reader that words can have such a negative impact on someone’s life, including real-life consequences. Most importantly, if Hitler never communicated to his people in the first place, he would have never became such a powerful figure. Hitler represents a constant present force that kills, and saddens people in the same way that Liesel’s brother haunts her in her dreams. To clarify, Hitler’s only power was his choice

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