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Words are one of the most powerful ways people communicate with each other, and they have a powerful impact on how everyone interprets things. They have an impact on how someone feels, and how they make other people feel as well. In ​The Book Thief​ by Markus Zusak, the impact of words and language is felt throughout the novel. From the negative propaganda and how people felt towards the Jews in Nazi Germany to the reassuring effect of Liesel ́s...
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Zusak’s novel ‘The Book Thief’, based on real events, represents the Holocaust by having details that accurately depict the events of that time, the emotions that were forced upon people and reasons for the decisions they made. Having an accurate novel gives the feeling of a genuine representation that feels true to events that occurred. The authenticity and emotion of the Holocaust has been shown effectively through Zusak’s narrative character of Death. Zusak has also made his book have great...
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‘Compare how far and in what ways death is presented as harder for those left behind’. Death is often presented as a bringer of horror and destruction; it is a grave reminder of the loss of a loved one, and how the living continue to live on without their presence. Indeed, grief is carried in many ways and from many circumstances, as of which will be seen in the texts I will be discussing. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes, and...
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“Good novels take you to interesting places. Great novels take you where you need to go.” Markus Zusak’s 2005 war novel, The Book Thief’s presentation of complex ideas and issues is a perfect example of one such “great novel.” The novel follows the story of a foster child, Liesel Meminger growing up in World War II Germany. With the help of warm-hearted foster father Hans Hubermann, Liesel learns to read, finding comfort in words and stories as well as building...
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Death states, “Did they deserve any better, these people? How many had actively persecuted others, high on the scent of Hitler's gaze, repeating his sentences, his paragraphs, his opus?” (Markus Zusak p. 375-76) 1942, was a year known for being the beginning to an unfortunate end. Although some survived the horrific war known as, World War Two, effects rendered and impacted much more than their social lives. Around this time, the Nazis movement took place in Germany and Adolf Hitler,...
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A small fact: “you are going to die “1939. Nazi Germany: The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel a nine-year-old girl is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. (Zusak, 2005) Nazi Germany, just before world war two was about to start...
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Literature is a voyage of discovery that illuminates the reality of our human condition. One such voyage is Markus Zusak’s (2005) novel, The Book Thief, which takes us on a journey to the many complex aspects of our unpredictable human nature; our inclinations towards violence, generosity and love. This coming of age novel, set during one of the darkest times in Nazi Germany revolves around the tormenting life of a young girl named Liesel Meminger. Despite being traumatised by her...
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is engaging and authentic to the reader as it shows how Liesel was able to escape from her awful reality after she began to steal books and learn to read for herself. Reading books allowed her to retreat away from all the horrible things happening in her life. Leisel learns how words can bring death, despair, love, humour and peace. Zusak cleverly has Death narrating the story to give us a glimpse of life...
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The Book Thief is about a girl named Liesel, who grew up in Molching, Germany during World War ll. After Liesel’s brother dies, her mum sends her to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa. Amidst the novel, Liesel steals numerous books but does not know how to read. Hans observes Liesel’s theft and teaches her how to read and how to make sense of the letters. Rosa and Hans are German, but they do not approve of the Nazi...
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Imagine reading a prolonged novel about, say, a prince saving a princess; now think about how much more challenging it would be reading an intensely gloomy novel subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany and narrated by Death himself. I understand all too well that some books really aren’t easy to read. When you are challenged by a novel and start to lose interest, the pages don’t seem to turn as quickly anymore. In The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak,...
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Crossword Puzzles Every Thursday, when Leisel collects and delivers mama’s washing and ironing, she looks for newspapers with crosswords to bring home for Max. Every week she looks forward to finding a newspaper with an empty crossword to give to him. They sit together in the basement while Liesel reads and Max does the crosswords. The narrator, death, explains, “Where Hans Hubermann and Erik Vandenburg were ultimately united by music, Max and Leisel were held together by the quiet gathering...
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