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Standing Up For One's Beliefs In The Book Theif By Markus Zusak

1075 words - 5 pages

When standing up for what we believe in, sometimes, our voices are not heard and we are unable to make the difference we had hoped. In The Book Thief, Liesel and Hans both disagree with what Adolf Hitler is doing to the Jews. They have discussed in the privacy of their home what it is they feel is wrong and how they do not completely follow the Fuhrer and his ideas. The girl and her father never dare to talk about what they believe to those around them and are very careful not to let anything slip when they are in public. Both know that expressing their views on their country's leader could lead to capture, or even death. In Nazi Germany, the consequences were much steeper than they are in todays society. Today there are many issues, including: marriage equality, racial equality, and gender equality, which many people do not agree with, that they are fighting over, but these people are not making any progress towards fixing what they believe are the flaws.
In Markus Zusak’s novel, Liesel does not like Hitler because he took her mother away from her. She is allowed to talk to Hans about her hatred of the Fuhrer because he agrees with her views, but she can not discuss this with anyone else, including her best friend, because most people in her country love Hitler and will either have Liesel, or Hans and Rosa, taken away or will have Liesel killed. She lived in a time where talking against her government result in extremely dire consequences. Her father, whom she idolized and told everything to, slapped Liesel when she told him she hated Hitler after his birthday celebration. Hans did stand up for what he believed in when hate crimes against Jews started. He helped a Jew fix his door after it had been vandalized and it caused him to not be accepted into the Party. Hans was never actually denied access to the Party, but he was perpetually on the waitlist. The only reason he was not killed or taken away was because the people knew he was waiting for his application to be accepted. The fact that standing up for what he believed in towards the beginning of the attacks, Hans realized it was a bad decision to continue helping the Jews, and he taught this to his foster daughter in order to make sure she would be taken care of in the future.
In present day, there are so many issues all over the world that are discussed every day. There are numerous issues that has gained vasts amounts of attention in our country in present time. One such issue is that of racial equality. In the 1960s, when the fight for racial equality was officially started in our country, it was difficult for people to stand up for what they believed. The government was strongly anti-black and those blacks and whites who fought to give the blacks equal rights were severely punished. They were often beaten and sprayed with hoses or had dogs set upon them. Today, it is still an issue, not just with African-Americans, but with those of all races. The only...

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