The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Essay example

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In both The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Sold by Patricia McCormick, there is a common theme of loss of innocence. Both main characters, Liesel Meminger and Lakshmi, experience great change throughout their novels. Both make the transformation from young girls to matured women. Although they would still be legally considered children at the end of their novels, the two girls have gone through more than many adults have ever experienced.

When Liesel Meminger went to live with the Hubermanns, she did not expect that she would be the only sibling to survive the journey. The death of Werner Meminger was something that scarred Liesel for the rest of her life, and she was strongly affected by it the majority of her time on Himmel Street through nightmares, memories, and the scarring sight of his lifeless eyes on the train. Death changes everybody, especially young ones. Right after her brother was buried, she unknowingly started something that would become a habit of hers over the years: stealing. It began with her picking up The Gravedigger’s Handbook. This book, however, she did not steal for the pleasure of taking something, she did not even steal it to read. She stole it to remember her brother, and in a way, to move on to her new life without him.

Stealing is a big reflection of one’s morals, and choosing to do so is a decision that permanently changes one’s character. As it always does, theft changed Liesel Meminger: “The book thief had struck for the first time –…

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