Book Thief Essay

1405 Words Apr 13th, 2009 6 Pages
The Book Thief

“Even death has a heart.” (The Book Thief, pg 242) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book of death, love, and survival. There is the death of a friend, love of a parent, and survival of those who can take it. World War II was a devastating period and many did not have the mental strength to survive it. The Book Thief is about Liesel Meminger and all her accounts with death and how she coped with it, how she survives it all through words. The book is narrated by Death, and throughout the book, he adds in his own input at times. The Book Thief makes you realize the power that words can have, you just have to pay attention to them.

The Book Thief takes place in another time period. A time where words are the power.
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Perhaps it was his quietness, or the need of love, or maybe even his silver eyes, but it was Hans Hubermann that Liesel seemed to trust from the very beginning. Liesel never got a chance with her biological father, so she relished at the chance to have Hans as her father. Hans really cared for Liesel also. When he sat up early in the morning with her after her nightmares to read for her, it showed how much he cared. Liesel adored his accordion and when he played, Hans’ music was special to Liesel. “A Definition not found, Not Leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children.” (pg 37) Hans Hubermann and Liesel Meminger prove this quote true. I think Hans would have gone to the end of the world for Liesel.

Another person that you could tell Liesel really cared about was Max. Although he was a Jew hiding out in the basement, Max Vandenburg intrigued Liesel and they shared something in common. They had similar pasts that still haunted them. I think Liesel taught Max to love words as she did. She helped him see how words could help them through the tough times and keep you occupied. Liesel would bring Max weather reports. I found that to be thoughtful of her. Max Vandenburg and Liesel developed a one-of-a-kind friendship. She and Max seemed to have an unbreakable connection even after he was captured. They met on the day when the Jews from the camp walked by, and then he came back to find her a few years after the

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