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The Book Thief: Literary Elements
Transcript of The Book Thief: Literary Elements
By: Taylor Baker
Literary Term 1. Simile
"There is murky snow spread out like carpet." Page 27. A simile is when unlike things are being compared using the words "like" or "as". This simile was used in the book to show exactly how the snow looked.
“Upon her arrival, you could still see the bite marks of snow on her hands and the frosty blood on her fingers. Everything about her was undernourished. Wirelike shins. Coat hanger arms. She did not produce it easily, but when it came, she had a starving smile.” Page 31.
Metaphors are figures of speech used to directly compare two objects. This shows that when Liesel first arrived on Himmel Street she was in bad condition since her brother just died and she was still trying to get through it.
“The darkness stroked him” Page 369
Personification gives inanimate objects human characteristics or qualities. This element was used in the book to show how the darkness helped comfort her.
"Whoever named Himmel Street certainly
had a healthy sense of irony. Not that it
was a living hell. It wasn't. But it sure as hell wasn't heaven, either." Page 26. Irony is the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. It is ironic that Himmel means heaven and Himmel Street was nothing like heaven because it isnt nice and its not very safe.
"I am haunted by humans." Page 550.
Tone is a literary technique that is a part of composition, which encompasses the attitudes towards the subject and towards the audience implied during a literary work. The tone in the Book Theif would be dark or sad since its narrarated by death.
Foreshadowing is the prediction of an event before it happens, through hints and clues. "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. The smiling bear sat huddled among the crowded wreckage of the man and the blood. Af few minutes later, I took my chance. The time was right." Page 10. This quote foreshadows the event later on in the book when Rudy Steiner had come upon the plane with a toolbox in hand. He saw the pilot and just like the quotation explained, placed a smiling teddy bear with the pilot before he had died.
"She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Liesel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted like the regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist's suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, sshe touched his mouth with her fingers. Her hands were trembling, her lips were fleshy, and she leaned in once more, this time losing control and misjudging it. Their teeth collided on the demolished world of Himmel Street." Page 536.
Imagery is used to represent feelings, objects, actions, or ideas so they are appealing. This is an example of imagery because it paints a very good picture about what happened and it brings out feelings so it can show how Liesel actually felt.
Hyperbole's are exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. An example of a hyperbole in The Book Thief was "Sweat was swimming out of his hands." Page 157. This is a hyperbole because it is extremely exagerated.
"Good girl Liesel. Good girl. Pat, pat, pat. Page 92.
Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word by imitation of a sound. This example of onomatopoeia is showing how Liesel thought her mama would comfort her but she did the opposite by getting the wooden spoon.
"The last time i saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it was burned. There were black crumbs and pepper, streaked across the redness." Page 12. This shows symbolism because death usually looks at what color the sky is when he picks up the bodies. It is like death almost has human-like characteristics.