The Book Thief Essay

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The Book Thief’s main character is Liesel Meminger throughout the book she develops more and more by opening up and doing new things. At first she was very shy and would not do hardly anything for example, “It took nearly fifteen minutes to coax her from the car. It was the tall man who did it. Quietly.”(28) That is when she first got out of the car “There was the gate next, which she clung to.”(28) This shows all the more how shy she was at the beginning of the book when she first arrived on Himmel Street. Then as the book goes on she starts to adopt her foster-mother, Rosa or Mama’s style of speaking and starts cussing some when talking to her best friend, Rudy and even the mayors wife when she terminated her mothers washing and ironing service “You give me this Saumensch of a book and it’ll make everything good when I go and tell my mama that we've just lost our last one?”(262) The underlined word is a swear her mother uses very frequently in the book. Then at last later in the book she gets so comfortable in Molching that she starts stealing books from the mayor’s mansion “She couldn't tolerate having it given to her by a lonely pathetic old woman. Stealing it on the other hand seemed a little more acceptable.”(287) This is from the first book she stole titled The Whistler. As the story goes on more she develops even more stealing food and more books as well as growing to love Rudy and spend more time with Max, the Jewish man the hide from the Nazis, and talks like her mother more and more.
The main Theme of the book thief is the power of words and how they can affect people. In the story max wrote Liesel a book called the word shaker it explains that Hitler or the Fuhrer, (the name they refer to hitler as in the book, it is german for leader), the leader of the Nazi’s rules with words and proposes the idea that Nazis go through a forest of words on a conveyor belt while people called word shakers shake words from the trees to make them spread Nazi beliefs. The main idea of that story was that the word shakers had the power to be even better than the Fuhrer and could lead a group of their own and resist the words of Hitler who is implied to be a word shaker himself because of how he puts the ideas into their minds. It says that “THE BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words.”(446) this really states the main idea because it shows that words can rule and destroy. Power of words also ties in with her stealing books because she would read them and from each book get new ideas and learn new words in each book because when she didn’t understand a word she would write it on the wall and define it so as the story developed she understood the power of words more and more. When the town was hit by air raids she would read in the bomb shelter. “A voice played the notes inside her. This, it said, is your accordion. The sound of the turning page carved them in half.Liesel read on. For at least twenty minutes, she handed out...

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