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The Book Thief: Literary Elements!
Transcript of The Book Thief: Literary Elements!
Personification is giving non human-like things human characteristics or qualities. This element was used in the book to show how Liesel's feet walked across the silent hallway. 2. Metaphor "From a Himmel Street window, he wrote, the stars
set fire to my eyes."-Page 378
A metaphor is a literary element in which it compares two objects without using "like" or "as". This metaphor was used in this book to show how bright the stars were to Max during the practice air raid. The stars were very bright to him because he had not seen the outside world for twenty-two months. 3. Simile "That would be like the lamb handing a knife to
the butcher."-Page 221
Similes are a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using the terms "like" or "as". This simile was used in The Book Thief to portray how stupid it would be for Max to give Liesel his book Mein Kampf, a book about German propaganda. 4. Hyperbole "In the words of Rudy's youngest sisters, there were two monsters sitting in the kitchen."- Page 407.
Hyperbole is an extravagant statement or figure of speech which uses obvious and intentional exaggeration. This technique was used in this book to show how scary the two men(monsters) were to Rudy's youngest sisters. 5. Onomatopoeia 6. Irony 7. Foreshadowing 8.Dialect 9. Tone 10. Symbolism "Good girl Liesel. Good girl. Pat, pat, pat."- Page 92.
The literary element, onomatopoeia, is the the formation of a word by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent. Onomatopoeia is used in the book to show readers how "sound" in the book can influence the story. "Hard times were coming. Like a parade."-Page 358. Foreshadowing is used to show or indicate something beforehand. This element was used in this book to show that "hard times" were coming, "like a parade". This refers to when the Nazis started capturing more and more Jews. Later on the the book, the Germans made the Jews walk in a "parade like" group on their to Dachau, a concentration camp. "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 a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually stated. This element was used in The Book Thief to show that even though "himmel" means heaven, Himmel street clearly was not a place like it. Later on in the book, it shows that Himmel street was bombed, letting readers know how horrid the world was during World War II. "I am haunted by humans."-Page 550.
Tone is a literary technique that is a part of composition, which encompasses the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work. The tone in The Book Thief would be melancholy or "dark", because of how Death narrates throughout the book. "Dein neues Heim. Your new home."-Page 27
Dialect is a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard language, especially when considered as substandard. This technique was shown in The Book Thief to let readers understand how the characters talked in Germany during the time period of World War II. "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.
Symbolism is the representation of something in symbolic form or the attribution of symbolic meaning or character to something. Symbolism is greatly used in this book because when Death picks up bodies, he likes to notice what color the sky is while doing it. It is how Death almost has human-like characteristics.