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The Book Thief: quotes
Transcript of The Book Thief: quotes
"His blue eyes stared at the floor. Seeing nothing." pg.20
This quote relates to the theme of The Book Thief because this quote is describing when Liesel's brother died. When it says his blue eyes stared but saw nothing, it was implying that although he was dead, his eyes were still open.
Death is not only the narrator of this book, but death is also the theme. In the book "The Book Thief" which was set during the Holocaust, there were many deaths as this was a tragic time in history.
"...one opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death." pg. 83
This quote supports the theme of death because its saying if one person is killed, more than likely someone else will end up killing the killer. It's a pattern.
"It kills me sometimes, how people die." pg. 464
Since the theme is death, this quote is absolutely perfect. It describes the horrifically inhumane treatment and death of the Jews, Gypsies, and homosexuals of Europe.
"It was with great sadness that she realized that her brother would be six forever..."
In this quote Liesel is realizing that, like a photograph, her brothers memory will always be frozen in time, as the sad, hungry child that she remembers. Liesel became aware that her brother's life had ended before it really started, and that made her sad.
"Even death has a heart." pg. 242
Death was talking about itself in this quote. Death had pity for poor Rudy Steiner and knew he didn't deserve to die the way he did.
(Nazi officers being hanged)
"You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables" pg.4
In this quote death is introducing itself. This quote means there is a lot of ways to die and that death is inevitable. Everyone dies.
“I picked up each soul that day as if it were newly born. I even kissed a few weary, poisoned cheeks. I listened to their last, gasping cries. Their vanishing words. I watched their love visions and freed them from their fear.”
June 23, 1942. That was the date that death visited French Jews who were being held in a German prison on Polish soil. It describes how relieving death must have been for them.
"You want to know what I truly look like? I'll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue." pg.307
In this quote death is describing it's appearance. Death is saying it's you and you are death. Death has no image except for the souls it takes.
"Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die."
Death can never be finished, because death can never die. Death is saying basically that humans are lucky that we get to die.
"I carried them in my fingers, like suitcases. Or I'd throw them over my shoulder. It was only the children I carried in my arms."
Death has a soft spot for children. It's not that death doesn't care about older humans, but it understands the innocence of children and how they don't deserve to die yet.