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The Book Thief : Courage

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Katie Passerotti

on 15 January 2014

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The Book Thief : Courage
Text Connection One:
Finding Nemo
In Finding Nemo, Marlin shows courage by travelling through the sea in order to find his son, Nemo. Nemo shows courage by never giving up on escaping from the Fish tank. Both characters are courageous because they face the dangerous unknown in order to achieve their goals.
Quote # 3
In 1933, 90 percent of Germans showed unflinching support for Hitler. That leaves 10 percent who didn't. Hans Hubermann belonged to the 10 percent. There was a reason for that.

(Zusak 63)
Quote # 1
When he was pushed out by the rest of his family, the relief struggled inside him like an obscenity. It was something he didn't want to feel, but nonetheless, he felt it with such gusto it made him want to throw up. How could he? How could he?
(Zusak 193)
Quote # 2
The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic.
(Zusak 394)
Courageous Quotes
Throughout the novel, courage is shown by many characters. Each character is willing to stand up for what they believe even though it goes against popular opinion.
Example Four
Another way that courage is shown in the novel is when Max traveled from Stuttgart to Himmel Street. Travelling out in the open through Nazi Germany took a great amount of courage for Max. If he had been caught he would have faced death or life in the concentration camps.
(Zusak 157-160)
Example Three
Another time in the novel when Liesel showed courage was when she read from the book
The Whistler
in the basement during the first air raid. This shows courage because despite being afraid of what might happen to her and the others that we hiding in the basement with her, she found the strength to refocus herself and put aside her own fear in an effort to make everyone else feel calmer and less afraid.
(Zusak 381)
Example Two
Courage is shown by Liesel when she fakes an injury while playing soccer so that she can warn Mama and Papa about the Nazi officers coming to inspect basements. This is an example of courage because Liesel was willing to put herself into harms way in order to protect her family and Max. This went against all of the Nazi propaganda that she was surrounded by on a daily basis.
(Zusak 340-348)
What is Courage?
The theme of Courage is shown anytime a character stands up for what they believe in despite it not being a popular idea. Standing up for what they believe may even get them hurt in the end. Courage is also shown when a character does something despite being afraid. Courage can be shown physically, emotionally or mentally by a character.
Example One
Courage is shown by Hans when he agrees to help Max Vandenberg. Living near Munich, in the heart of Nazi territory is not the best setting for one to harbor and help a Jew during WWII. Despite the danger that it brings to himself and his family, Hans agrees to help Max anyway because he believes that it is the right thing to do.
(Zusak 184)
This quote about Max leaving his family shows courage
because he is willing to leave his family to their fate in order to, hopefully, survive and make it through WWII. Although he trusts his friend Walter Kugler, going into hiding is fraught with danger and he could be caught at any moment. Overcoming his fear of what might happen and of losing those that he cares for most show's Max's courage.
When Hans makes the decision to give the Jew a piece of bread, he is showing courage. He knows that his actions go against popular opinion and he is willing to follow through anyway. It is not until afterward that he realizes the full extent of the consequences of his actions. Be willing to stand up for humanity when no one else will is courageous.
Han's willingness to stand up for what he believes in despite the harm that it brings to him and his family is courageous. Throughout the story, Hans is continually put in situations that allow him to display his courage. In each situation his desire to care for fellow human beings wins out over the cruelty and hatred displayed by those around him
Quote # 4
That was when Rudy stepped forward. He faced Franz Deutscher, looking up at him. "He's got a problem, sir --"
(Zusak 259)
Much like Hans, Rudy has a highly developed sense of what is right and wrong. He is willing to stand up for a friend when he knows they are being treated unfairly without regard to what it will cost him personally. He will pay for standing up to Franz Deutscher many times throughout the novel. Rudy's actions make him courageous.
Text Connection Two:
How to Train Your Dragon
In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup shows great courage when he defies the norms of the Vikings and his father. He knew that he risked being made even more of an outcast than he already was, but stood up for what he believed in and changes those around him for the better.
Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York: Knopf Publishing, 2005. Print .
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