book thief Essay

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief shows beauty can exist in the midst of brutality.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak shows through the midst of brutality, beauty can still be shown. The main characters Liesel Meminger, Rudy Steiner and Hans Huberman, prove this statement they are all faced with perilous situations, but still manage to show beauty throughout the situations. Liesel Meminger display beauty during the air raids, as she manages to read to people in the basement. Rudy Steiner displays beauty he jumps in the river to get Liesel’s book. Through Hans Huberman nobel character he displays beauty as he risks his life to hide a Jewish man in his basement.

Different attributes such as reading to people during the air raids,
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He believed in equality, and Hitler wasn’t displaying that, as he discriminated Jews. If you were a Jew you were in danger, no body would want to be a Jew in 1939. Hans shows even through preposterous situations beauty can still be shown. Whilst in the Jew marching, Hans did the unthinkable. “ Handed a piece of magic” to Jew. What was he thinking? Why would he put his own life in danger just for Jews? Shouldn’t Hans be against Jew? The answer is , no. Hans wanted to help the Jews, in any possible way . This isn’t only what Hans did. Feeding a Jew bread was one thing, but Hans allowed Jew named Max Vandenberg to hide in his basement away from the Hitler. What was he thinking, he wasn’t only putting his life in danger, he was putting his family on the line, just for this one Jewish boy , who he doesn’t even know. Hans stated “ I would rather gamble on a a live jew” . That was a big risk for him, but he took it because he knew it was the right thing to do, as he didn’t want this boy to suffer. Even in absolute brutal situations, Hans admirable character shows beauty can still be displayed.

Although Rudy Steiner is just a young boy, “ eight months older than Liesel” he shows through the brutal situations he sees and faces, it is evident that beauty can still be displayed. As Rudy idolized Jesse Owns even painting himself “charcoal black” believed in equality. As he discovered Hitler discriminated
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