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The Book Thief Presentation

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on 17 March 2013

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Synopsis In a time and place where the Führer was everything, and being different cost a person their life, Markus Zusak tells the story of Lisel Memminger using the voice of Death.
A newly made orphan, Lisel is taken in by the Hubermans and starts her new life as a book thief.
Life for the Book Thief is not easy in World War II Germany. Lisel's life becomes a whirlwind of some Führer prasing Germans, the Jewish fist fighter, a saukrel, and of course many books. Intended Audience The Book Thief was written for young adults who are familiar with or want to learn about World War II events, and enjoy reading about brilliant characters' and their humorous everyday lives in Nazi Germany, from an unexpected narrator. Yes, The Book Thief would be a great book to add to the English 10 curriculum. Not only does it display many themes parallel to those in other books we have read, but The Book Thief is also a fantastic book that can catch a reader's interest. Thematic Parallels -The destruction and careless death caused by war
-Survival and Luck
-The power of a dictator upon people
-End of a life you once knew
-The effects of propaganda and persuasion
- The inherit Evil and Kindness in humankind Essential Questions -How powerful are words? What do they do to the reader?
-Are a person's morals more important than their safety?
-What is the importance of death and what type of role does death play in life? How does Death as an author effect the story?
-What kinds of injustices are there? Are they justifiable?
-Are there people in this world that are naturally better than others? Important Quotes Author Bio Central characters Liesel Memminger Hans Huberman Max Vandenberg Rudy Steiner -Markus Zusak was born in Australia
-Grew up listening to his mother's stories about Nazi Germany
-Fascinated with stories of the bombing of Munich and Jews
-Inspired by "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton and "Rumple Fish"
-Won the 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature Sympathetic: Yes
Significance: Protagonist, The Book Thief
Flaws: Liesel is a growing girl with a quick temper, which occasionally causes her to act irrationally. She never kissed Rudy until it was too late.
What can we learn?: From Liesel we can take away the importance of words and we learn from all the loss of life she has witnessed. Sympathetic: Yes
Significance: Hans becomes a father figure to Liesel. He represents love, family, and sympathy.
Flaw: Hans is very caring, even to the extent of putting the people he loves in danger.
What can we take away?: Hans teaches us kindness, optimism, and to follow good morals rather than status quo. Sympathetic: Yes, Partialy
Significance: Max is a Jew taken in by the Hubermans. He becomes Liesel's close friend and provides her with thought-provoking stories.
Flaws: His presence puts people in danger, even if he doesn't wish to harm anyone, he has survivor's guilt.
What can we learn?: His determination to live is inspiring, even to Death. Sympathetic: Yes
Significance: Rudy is Liesel's best friend and becomes her love interest.
Flaws: Rudy is very competitive which can lead him to become arrogant and a show off.
What can we learn?: Rudy represents childlike innocence. He shows us how to love and laugh even in the hardest times. Through his actions, like giving bread to Jews and acting as Jesse Owens, Rudy teaches us to throw prejudice away. The Führer Sympathetic: No
Significance: Antagonist, indirectly affects all the characters.
Flaws: In The Book Thief the Führer is presented as an "unbeatable" and overwhelming force that is ruining everyone's life.
What can we learn?: The Führer teaches us the power of charisma and the damage it can cause. "Some of those soliders were only boys. They had the Führer in their eyes" (330) "THE BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words... she was renowned as the best... because she knew how powerless a person could be WHITHOUT words"
(446) "It's the leftover humans. The survivors. They're the ones I can't stand to look at... I witness the ones who are left behind, crumbling among the jigsaw puzzle of realization, despair, and surprise" (7) " the suffering faces of depleted men and women reached across... pleading not so much for help... but for an explanation. Just something to subdue the confusion" (330) "From the toolbox the boy took out, of all things, a teddy bear. He reached in through the torn windshield and placed it on the pilot's chest" (11) "Proof again of the contradictory human being. So much good, so much evil. Just add water" (142)
"Humans like to watch a little destruction... their great skill is their capacity to escalate" (94) -Emphasizes the Power of Words:theme
-Words connect Max and Lisel. -Displays the obsession with the Führer and how he is "in their eyes" like he has brainwashed the youth of Germany - Humans are naturally savage, connects with Lord of the Flies
- Once humans get in the mode of killing and destruction they become out of control and dehumanized. War is dehumanizing; All Quiet on the Western Front theme. -Context
- are humans born good and then corrupted, or are they born evil and have to learn to be good.
- Or are certain humans naturally good while others are naturally evil? - Describes the injustices the Jews faced without reason, and the hopelessness of their situation.
- Reflects on the theme of luck and survival.
-Why the Jews? -Surviving is even more horrible than death, as even Death itself cannot bear to look at the depression they are being forced to live through, and the guilt that the survivors suffer from. Survivors guilt eats at them with questions of why did they survive when the rest of their family died? The Book Thief By: Markus
Zusak Recomendation: yes or no? Thanks For Listening !!! - The boy, Rudy, demonstrates love for everyone, even the enemy. Rudy approaches a dead man, and gives the dead man a teddy bear, and item used to help children sleep through the darkness of night.
- In All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul comes to the realization that soldiers are the same, and it is the people in power that distort the bonds of humans.
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