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The Book Thief Book Report

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1. Setting:
a. “Liesel made a clear circle on the dribbled glass and looked out.
The buildings appear to be glued together, mostly small houses and apartment blocks that look nervous. There is murky snow spread out like a carpet. There is concrete, empty hat stand trees, and grey hair.” (pg. 27)
b. The Book Thief is located in Molching, Germany during world war two.
c. The setting is significant because during world war two in Germany a lot of very terrible things went on, and this is the story of these events.
2. Point of View:
a. First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try. *** HERE IS A SMALL FACT ***
I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. (pg. 1)
b. Since this story is told by death it tends to have a rather morbid feel. This story is told in second person. Since not many books are written in second person this one reads quite differently than others. It has a detached feel to it, like listening to a person on the platform discuss the goings on inside a passing train.

3. Conflict:
He was not well-educated or political, but if nothing else, he was a man who appreciated fairness. A Jew had once saved his life and he couldn’t forget that. He couldn’t join a party that antagonized people in such a way. Also, much like Alex Steiner, some of his most loyal customers were Jewish. Like many of the Jews believed, he didn’t think hatred could last, and it was a conscious decision not to follow Hitler. On many levels, it was a disastrous one.” (pg. 180)
b. This is the main conflict in The Book Thief. It is the conflict between Liesel’s family and Nazi Germany. It is very external and in your face.
c. This Conflict helps to move the story forward by causing problems in the characters’ lives and forcing them to attempt to solve the problems.

4. Characters:
a. Death: Death is the Narrator in the book thief. Death is mostly an observer in The Book Thief and rarely interacts with any of the other characters, although it is through “his” eye that you see the world. Death is significant to the story because “he” shapes the way that ideas and events are interpreted. For example, Death provides insights in to other characters thoughts and feelings (often marked by the *** signs in the book) in relation to death and the cause of death, in this case war. I would describe Death as morbid; he compares and relates most things in some way to the haplessness of...

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