Analysis Of The Book ' The Book Thief ' By Markus Zusak Essay

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The tumultuous event of WWII in Germany reveals how much we as human have a tendency to desire strength. Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief explores the human need for feeling powerful and the lengths people will go to obtain it. When Liesel first arrives at the Hubermann’s she feels powerless and attains the power she feels is missing by stealing books and learning how to read. Rudy Steiner also longing for power tries to obtain it through standing out and impressing people. Max Vandenburg, a Jewish fist fighter hiding in the Hubermann’s basement feels weak since he has little control over his life. He gains strength by fighting for his own survival through imagination and words. Zusak allows readers to relate to the novel by using the characters struggle for power to depict aspects of human nature in society. At the beginning of the novel Liesel is without words and cannot read, she seeks power through stealing books and learning diction. At school she struggles with reading and is teased by the other students. “Nearing the end of the break, the tally of comments stood at nineteen. By the twentieth, she snapped. It was Schmeikl, back for more, ‘Come on, Liesel.’ He struck the book under her nose. ‘Help me out, will you?’ ” (Zusak 78) This tells us how powerless Liesel felt without her words. With the help of Hans, he patiently teaches her how to read The Grave Digger’s Handbook, the first book she had stolen. Liesel was able to learn how to read during these midnight sessions…

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