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The Book Thief

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Arshdeep Rattol

on 9 March 2014

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The Book Thief
The Book Thief
The Book Thief

To store the memory of her dying brother
and the mother that she was leaving behind, 9-year-old Liesel Meminger stole her first book, the Grave Diggers handbook, on the 13th of January, in the year 1939.

New Life
After her arrival to her new foster home on Himmel Street, Liesel develops a strong desire towards books and towards learning. She expresses this feeling by spending her spare time with her accordion-playing papa, who shows her the means to comprehend letters and words. Other times, Liesel travels the neighborhood with the very "wild worded", yet loving, Rosa Hubermann, her mama, picking up and delivering the washing. Stealing books from the mayor's wife's library, with Rudy Steiner (her best friend), also becomes one of Liesel's hobbies.
The Struggle
When all is going as well as it can in Nazi Germany, something happens. A Jew, Max Vandenburg, arrives at Liesel's front step, asking for refuge. The problems that arise with this unexpected action were very unseen, and keep you drawn in till the very end. This book takes you back in time to when Hitler ruled, and in response, you feel the terror, cruelty, and fright the millions of people would have
felt during those harsh years.
The Theme
This book shows us the significance of family, and the commitment and time family and our loved ones deserve. It especially exemplifies that even if we are not biologically related, it does not mean that our bond is anyhow anything less than one of a related family's.
Max's Family
Like Liesel, Max was also obligated to leave his family for survival. And also like Liesel, he found another family to call his. It was composed of a man who was his father's friend and kept promises, the man's wife, and a little blonde girl named Liesel. His bond to this family became stronger and stronger, and in the end, he left protection in hopes that his adapted family would be safer without him.
When Liesel found Max among the Jews that were being herded through town, she did not show any cowardice. Instead she ran to him, she got beaten, yet she stood up again. Only to run again, and to get beaten up again. She had known that family meant something. A huge something. And the little girl was willing to fight the
over and over again just plant that seed of hope and to have a taste of this thing called family.
Crazy by Han Nolan
The idea that family is important and is of great value can be found in the book
by Han Nolan. In this book, Jason's mother has died, and as a result, his dad has gone crazy. In spite of the awful circumstances, Jason has remained by his father's side, refusing to give up on him. Even the living conditions are causing suffrage but Jason's commitment towards his father is shown to be unwavering and if looked at from another
perspective, very inspiring.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This theme can also be found in the very popular novel,
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins. In this novel, Katniss Everdeen risks her life for the sake of her little sister's and mother's. She knows that after her father's death she's responsible for keeping them both safe, and putting her life in danger seems to be the only way.
This theme is seen everyday, everywhere. It's present at times we might not even give much thought to. Like a family dinner, or a night out with friends. This aspect of life is important for us because it simply provides us with a reason to wake up every single day. It puts life in our life. Without caring for the people around us, we wouldn't have a reason to live.
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

Liesel's Family
In this novel, Lisel is faced with many challenges that she has to overcome. First, her father is taken away for being a communist. Then, her brother dies. She loses her her mother as well, and is left all alone. But, time also brings her a new family that she comes to love. Rudy, her best friend is also there for her. Liesel's new family is not her biological one. But nonetheless, it's her family. The one she will always be there for, and they'll be there for her too. She is committed to her family, and knows that they are a gift, and values that.
The World
In conclusion, family teaches us the importance of holding someone's hand through thick and thin. It presents us with another way of living, it gives us values, morals and even affects tradition. Without family, we would be very different from the person we are today.
Mahatma Gandhi led an entire country to freedom through labor strikes, fasts and other non-violent techniques. He could not have accomplished such an unrealistic task were it not for his mother's love, his father's teachings or his wife's companionship. Such a great man also needed family to show him the road to success.
Mahatma Gandhi
By Arshdeep Rattol
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