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The Book Thief
Transcript of The Book Thief
The symbolism used in
character's unique personality.
reveal a character's personality
through their speech, thoughts,
reveal a character's personality through
the narrator's description.
by Markus Zusak
Within the book, Zusak adds notes
to the reader, which provide
information to help them understand
what is going on in the story.
Zusak adds these notations so that the readers think more deeply about what he is trying to have happen in the book.
"It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in white snow. Like it had pulled it on, the way you pull on a sweater. Next to the train line, footprints were sunken into their shins. Trees wore blankets of ice" (Zusak 5-6).
The use of figurative language helps readers understand
the setting and set the
tone of eeriness for
the story that is
Figurative language was often
used in to
paint a picture in readers'
minds of what the setting
looked like and/or how the
The Book Thief
"As they progressed through
the alphabet, Liesel's eyes grew
larger. She had done this in
school, in the kindergarten class,
but this time was better. She was
the only one there..." (Zusak 67).
This hints to the reader that Liesel is not receiving a proper education, and that she needs help with reading and writing. Here, Zusak told the readers a little bit about Liesel and her personality without coming out and saying it directly.
helps convey each
"She hadn't learned to speak too well, or even to read, as she had rarely frequented school" (Zusak 20).
The narrator came right out and said that Liesel could not properly speak and read. Readers did not have to think about it and make a conclusion, because it was directly stated.
" ---A Small Sample of Some Girl-Written Words---
When I look back, I remember my slippery hands of paint and the sound of Papa's feet on Munich Street, and I know that a small piece of the summer of 1942 belonged to only one man. ...That was Papa, that was typical, and I loved him" (Zusak 354).
From this quote, readers can conclude that Liesel loves her dad, but also that he plays a special part in her life, which tells you something big about her personality.
Dialect is used by authors to
showcase characters' personalities and
to help develop settings for their book. In
this case, readers can conclude that the
characters are uneducated because of the way
"'Sorry it's taken so long. I think
people have been watching me. And the man
with the identity card took longer than I thought, but-'"
Max's word choice is not very descriptive, showing that he does not know who the
people are that he mentioned. This makes sense, because has been hiding in a basement. From this readers can learn
that the setting can affect a character's dialect.
The Hubermanns' House:
33 Himmel Street
World War II
January 1939 - October 1943
Dynamic characters- experience a change in personality or attitude
Round characters are complex and have many sides or traits.
brother dies, abandoned by her mom
moves to a new town
learns to read and write
Liesel learns how to grow up on her long journey during World War II
Naive girl to intelligent woman
obeys parents, helps with her mother's job, and attentive student
steals books, takes food, and plays soccer
Intrigued by Liesel
Keeps an eye on her
only person to capture Death's attention
Does not change
Still young boy
Does not have many personalities
Mainly loving and caring
Thinks and moves around
lack of feelings
Power of Words
Fighting for What You Believe In
Liesel and Rudy represent this theme when they follow Hans' daring footsteps and fed bread to the Jews. Both of them were aware of the brutal consequences but that did not stop them. Hans showed his courage when he was brave enough to let Max, a Jew, stay in their basement to find relief from the Nazi's. He knew he put his family endanger but he would do anything to keep Max safe.
In this story, Liesel is also known as the "Book Thief" by Rudy because she steals or takes books that do not belong to her and loves to read. Words have influenced her life in so many ways, from the beginning when Max made "The Standover Man" for her to read to the end when she wrote her own book. Liesel understands how words and reading change her overall attitude about the situation she is in. When she is hidden in the basement with her close family and friends, books were what kept them feeling calm and safe. At the end of Liesel's book she writes "I hope of have made them [the books] right." This shows Liesel's understanding of the power of words on her readers. She wants the words to affect her reader just as they have affected her throughout her life.
Death is one of the most important aspects of The Book Thief. This is mostly because the narrator of the story is Death himself. Death is shown throughout the whole book at times through war, bombs, suicide, and old age. He is something that no one can escape and all the characters in the story show an understanding of this concept. Though this theme can be connected with many of the characters, most of them handle death with different methods. For example, when Liesel is faced with death at the end of the book, she accepts the fact that it is her turn to die just as many people before her have. But when she experiences the deaths of her family and friends, she does not feel the same way and wishes that they were still alive.
Many of the characters in this novel are similar in that they stand up for what they believe in. Hans fights for his belief in helping the Jews, and especially Max. Even though others may not agree that what Hans is doing is right, he still continues his work because it is something he believes in. As Liesel gets older throughout the book, she also seems to agree with this belief of Hans'. Max on the other hand believes that he can at least try to fight Hitler. He knows that the chances of him winning are not very high but he still manages to "train" and "fight" in the Hubermann's basement.