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Essay On The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

The Book Thief Essay

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Death states that, “I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both” (Zusak 491). This book shows us human doing things that weren’t even imaginable before this point. Many people give into ideas that were lies. But, we also watch a few people go out of their way and sacrifice everything for a man they barely even know. They do everything they can to keep him safe and alive. They work harder, the get another job, and they even steal. In Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, death examines the ugliness and the beauty of humans. During Markus Zusak’s book we observe the beauty of humans at many times. One of the most beautiful things a human does is when Max, the jew…show more content…

“Close your eyes,” she’d said. “Hold out your hands” (Zusak 312). This is the start of one of the greatest days of Liesel's life. After bringing down a little snow she decides that Max deserves more. She brings down pots filled with snow and they make a snowman right there in their basement just for Max. He loves it and Leisel feels good for doing it. There are also times where Liesel and other people in the book do things that were so magnificent. There is a part where we watch as humans are so ugly that it is hard for us to imagine that what they had done is possible. Liesel is playing soccer in the park and all of a sudden all the kids stop because of a noise they hear coming down the street. They think it could be a herd of cattle, but that not what it is. It is a group of Jewish people being led, or forced, to the death camps by German soldiers. On there way we watch a man die “He was dead. The man was dead. Just give him five minutes and he would surely fall into the German gutter and die. They would all let him, and they would all watch”(Zusak 393). This is talking about how when a Jewish person would die, the Germans wouldn’t do anything. They wouldn’t care that a man died right in front of them. While the Jews are walking Hans, Liesel adopted father, gives them bread. While Hans is giving this man bread a German soldier notices what is going on. He walks over to the man and, “The Jew was whipped six times. On his back, his heart, and

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In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote,“I am haunted by humans” (Zusak 550). Being narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a novel about an orphan, named Liesel Meminger, who moves in with the Hubermanns in Himmel (Heaven) Street. While she is there, she plunders books from libraries and book burnings during the horrors of World War II. Liesel Meminger’s desire to read helps her deal with the incidents around her and gain insight about the power of words, while her insecurity helps her create connections with the beneficent people.
Besides stealing and reading words, Liesel Meminger made constant bonds with people. Moving from place to place and relying on people who ends up leaving her made Liesel not able to trust anyone as quickly as…show more content…

Although her insecurity drove off many people, it allures the people who have the patience to help her. They never left her intentionally like the other people previously in her life. Hans, Rudy, and Rosa took the time to actually know and love the real Liesel. Living with these people has made her prosper as a reader and a person. She learns how to read books from Hans Hubermann, which would change her perspective of life. Rudy teaches her how to truly love someone else, and Rosa helps expand her vocabulary and how to detect love when shown in different ways.Therefore, the people that loves Liesel also helps her. Unlike the people before, these were the people who were there when she was in trouble and was there to help her succeed. These were the people who left Liesel distraught when they died.
Today, many of us cannot imagine how life was when Hitler was dictator of Germany other than that it was abhorrent and scarring. To help herself deal with these events, Liesel read books. Her desire to read helps her forget about these events for an amount of time. Even if it was a short amount of time, she enjoys it. She then discovers the power of reading. Liesel realizes that words can take anyone away from where they are to some other place and make the person forget about the events that are happening around them:
By page three, everyone was silent but Liesel. She didn’t dare to look up, but she could feel their frightened eyes hanging on to her as she hauled