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The Book Thief Novel Presentation
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English IV DC - 1st
04 October 2012 The Book Thief Liesel Meminger Conflict Theme by: Markus Zusak http://cinderellainrubbershoes.tumblr.com/post/9658967214 http://www.fanpop.com/spots/the-book-thief/images/6354738/title/book-thief-photo http://imgfave.com/search/book%20cases http://sunni-sideup.deviantart.com/art/The-Book-Thief-White-166932546 Train http://dauwdrupje.deviantart.com/art/The-Book-Thief-193166127?q=boost%3Apopular%20the%20book%20thief&qo=31&offset=10 http://sherribrake.blogspot.com/2011/01/cemeteries-in-snow.html Liesel's journey begins on the train. She's beginning to realize she won't have the same life anymore. Her brother dies on the train and it foreshadows the future break up of her family. The location of her brother's burial allows Liesel to find her first book which is the last tie to her family. Death meets her and takes an interest to her. Her actions will deem herself as "the Book Thief".
"Here it is. One of a handful. The Book Thief." ( Zusak, 15)
"she had hidden her last link to him (brother)...The Book's Meaning: 1. The last time she saw her brother. 2. The last time she saw her mother." (Zusak 38) The house was a haven for Max and Liesel. It mimics a normal house hold setting. It is located on Himmel Street which is Heaven in German. It is better than what both Max and Liesel formerly had and they do not take advantage of this new home.
"Not that it was a living hell. It wasn't. But it sure wasn't heaven, either." ( Zusak 25)
The town is in a region of powerful Nazi regime.
"Small town of Hitler's heartland" (Zusak 508) The basement is where Liesel starts to learn and mature. Max lives in the basement where he develops a friendship with Liesel and can find himself. In both of these two cases, the basement below the Hubermann house is something safe and beautiful, where love and friendship grow. The basement represents the suppression of Hans, Max and Liesel. They are put in the dark, but even because of this hardship they are able to flourish and be beautiful in their own way. In the Fielders basement, where all of the neighbors are hiding from the air raids, Liesel realizes that she "can use her love of reading to provide much needed comfort to those around her" (Schmoop). She radiates hope in terrifying moments. Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Book Thief" Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 2 Oct. 2012. <http://www.shmoop.com/book-thief/>.
Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Print. Characters Setting Quotes Works Cited Hans said this when he discovered Liesel had hidden a book under her bed and had wanted to learn how to read. He then decides to teach her.
This symbolizes the start of a new chapter in Liesel's life. It's also a new beginning in Han's parenting life also. He can now transfer his ideas and love to her. Liesel is like a clean slate. She is completely starting over in her new life and Hans will open her eyes to many new experiences. On Liesel's birthday, Max claims that he would have given her a present if he had known and everyone knew he had nothing to give. Liesel hugs him.
Liesel's hug is comforting and the breaking of a physical and emotional barrier. Her action is saying that she accepts him into her family. By performing this bold action, she opens the door for friendship with Max, which only grows stronger as the novel progresses. The similarity of their emotional situations bind them closer together. In devastating times, the beauty of human beings will shine through and keep humanity alive. Beauty can be found in "the unluckiest, unlikeliest places and I make sure to remember them" (Zusak 549) because they make a lasting impact. Inspirational and unexpected sights such as a "teddy bear rested on the shoulder of a corpse" (Zusak 492), remind others that hope is alive and pushing away the cloud of darkness. Internal beauty is found throughout the novel by acts of kindness, bravery and courage to stand up for what is right, and fights against injustice. Even during difficult times, there is still a way for people to find something or someone beautiful to renew their persistence and hope. Heart vs. Head
"When a Jew shows up at your place of residence in the early hours of the morning, in the very birthplace of Nazism, you're likely to experience extreme levels of discomfort. Anxiety, disbelief, paranoia" (Zusak 199)
-the location of where they are causes more problems
-choose to help a human being even though it can lead to severe punishment and death
-willing to sacrifice food and share supplies in difficult times
"as she held on and refused to go inside" (Zusak 28)
-Liesel needs to accept reality to move on in her life
She will continue to suffer a lot more and has a "mountain to climb" (Zusak 86). Hans Hubermann Rudy Steiner Rosa Hubermann Max Vandenburg Himmel Street Basements -Jewish man
-kind and loving
"simply surviving is an act of resistance against Hitler" (Schmoop) -foster daughter of the Hubermanns
-hope, beauty, innocence
-discovers the power of words -does not fear difference
"His blond hair, although darkening, was like a candle. She heard his stomach growl - and he was giving people bread" (Zusak 440)
"sharp and kind eyes" (Schmoop) -harsh
"she was a good woman for a crisis" (Zusak 211) -loving
-emotionally and intellectually nourishes Liesel
-taught Liesel to read
His eyes "were made of kindness, and silver" (Zusak 34). "Let's start from stratch" (Zusak 67) "And she walked over and hugged him for the first time...she held on to him..he resolved at that moment to give her something back" (Zusak 222) "I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brillant" (Zusak 550) In the end when Death picks up Liesel's soul, he has so much he wants to tell her but she already experienced it all. Her story is one of the few that are worth keeping and remembering.
The diction is compelling in this quote. Humanity is described in opposites, in such powerful words, it provokes deep thought. Humanity is worth keeping, worth destroying and worth remembering. "Symbols and Motifs - The Book Thief." . N.p., 2009. Web. 2 Oct 2012. <httphttp://theboookthief.webs.com/symbolsandmotifs.htm>.
Blasdel, Janelle. CliffsNotes on The Book Thief. 3 Oct 2012