The Book Thief, By Markus Usak

964 words - 4 pages

“I am haunted by humans.” (Zusak 550). Being narrated by Death, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is a novel about an orphan, named Liesel Meminger, who moves in with the Hubermanns in Himmel (Heaven) Street. While she is there, she plunders books from libraries and book burnings during the horrors of World War II. Liesel Meminger’s desire to read helps her deal with the incidents around her and gain insight about the power of words while her insecurity helps her create connections with the beneficent people.
Besides stealing and reading words, Liesel Meminger made constant bonds with people. Being moved from place to place and relying on people who ended up leaving her made Liesel not able to trust anyone as quickly as others. Her insecurity sent many other people away but the people who truly loved her. When she first arrives in Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car and enter the house until Hans Hubermann comes with his cigarette and coax her out. After that, she has always trusted Hans Hubermann and knew that he would always be there for her unlike the other people previously in her life. When she blocked Rudy’s kick in soccer, he hit her with a snowball and ever since then, he would always follow Liesel and make sure she was okay. He never gave up on her even when she would be annoyed and they ended up being best friends and partners in crime. Finally, Rosa Hubermann, Liesel’s foster mother, would bash her with a wooden spoon and cuss at her but she knew she loved her. Rosa never stopped which made Liesel know that she could trust her foster mother. Although her insecurity drove off many people, it allured the people who have the patience to help her. They never left her intentionally like the other people previously in her life. Hans, Rudy, and Rosa took the time to actually know and love the real Liesel. Living with these people has made her prosper as a reader and a person. She learned how to read books and truly love people. Unlike the people before, these were the people who were there when she was in trouble and was there to help her succeed. These were the people who left Liesel devastated when they died.
Today, many of us cannot imagine how life was when Hitler was dictator of Germany other than that it was abhorrent and scarring. To help herself deal with these events, Liesel read books. Her desire to read helped her forget about these events for an amount of time. Even if it was a short amount of time, she enjoyed it. She then discovered the power of reading. Liesel realized that words can take you away from where you are to some other place and make you forget about the events that are happening around you:
By page three,...

Find Another Essay On The Book Thief, by Markus usak

The Book Thief Essay

1086 words - 4 pages Singh 1Nikita SinghMs. MurphyENG2DO0-JMarch 21st, 2014Death Is Human Too: A Book Thief Essay Death is a very well-known figure that is feared by many in all countries. He is suspected of being cruel, disturbing and all synonyms of horrifying. Death is inevitable and that is one of the most fearing aspects of his persona. In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, Death is made to seem or resemble humans. Effectively using the narration role, Death

The Book Thief Essay

1171 words - 5 pages and alive. They work harder, the get another job, and they even steal. In Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, death examines the ugliness and the beauty of humans. During Markus Zusak’s book we observe the beauty of humans at many times. One of the most beautiful things a human does is when Max, the jew the Hubermanns are hiding from the nazis, gives Liesel a book that he made himself. But he says that “Now I think we are friends, this girl and me

the book thief

1125 words - 5 pages The Book Thief Review The Book Thief is a book written by Markus Zusak, shining in the brilliancy of a holocaust novel it captures the hearts of literature lovers and history fanatics both. The story takes place in holocaust Germany and focuses on the story of a girl named Liesel Meminger. The story starts with her at nine years old and when the story ends she is well in to the fourteenth year of her life. This story is the story of a girl, a

The Book Thief

1503 words - 7 pages 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

The Book Thief

1563 words - 7 pages -thief - she no longer comes through the door to read the books, but she has to act sneaky and climb through the window. She also believes she will get away with her "crime". This reflects the character within The Whistler, to the character of Liesel, and the theme of criminality and paranoia. Rudy also expresses his love for Liesel by saving the book when it is thrown into the river by their rival gang, going through the cold and the water to get

The Book Thief - 671 words

671 words - 3 pages not so innocent people, which is to be expected in a book about this time period. Death tells us that most of the characters we will begin to love will die by the end of the book. There are very few who do survive in the end of this tragic tale. Which is a very realistic happenstance back then. The main conflict of the story seemed to be thievery. Although Liesel steals the books she is ,at the same time, liberating them from destruction. The

Review Of 'The Book Thief'

1226 words - 5 pages Review of: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak It seems sometimes like the market for young adult literature is written down to the readers, almost in a condescending manner. That is why a book like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is so refreshing in this sea of cookie cutter romances and fantasies. While classified as a young adult novel, it deals with very serious themes. The book’s cover comes printed with this label: “It is 1939. Nazi

Analysis and Interest in The Book Thief

1688 words - 7 pages -hearted. 4. The setting is generally in Molching, Germany during World War II from 1939 to 1942. Most of The Book Thief takes place in the small town of Molching outside of Munich, Germany. Himmel Street, where the Hubermanns and Steiners live, is where the plot of the story takes place. Some main action happens on Munich Street, Rudy is beaten by Franz Deutscher, the Hitler Youth leader, and Liesel runs to Max on Munich Street when she sees him

The Book Thief: The Book of the Century

742 words - 3 pages . Markus Zusak creates a stunning piece of work with his use of words, dialect, illustrations and foreshadowing. The Book Thief is a life-changing read that allows readers to question life and death. This novel should only be read by the most mature of people. I believe this masterpiece deserves five stars and is a book all should eventually read. With all of the techniques Zusak uses to create such an astonishing novel, I consider this the novel of the century. Be taken on a journey of life, friendship, love and death with Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

The Power of Words in the Book Thief

1509 words - 6 pages Introduction Lead Words have great power and when used correctly can influence what people believe and how they act. Thesis In Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, many characters develop an understanding of the power of words throughout out the novel which results in characters being negatively impacted. P.O.D. Characters that are negatively affected by the strength that words carry include Liesel, Hans and Rudy. Concluding Sentence Liesel is

The Book Thief: Concentration Camps and Death Marches

2908 words - 12 pages World War II was a grave event in the twentieth century that affected millions. Two main concepts World War II is remembered for are the concentration camps and the marches. These marches and camps were deadly to many yet powerful to others. However, to most citizens near camps or marches, they were insignificant and often ignored. In The Book Thief, author Markus Zusak introduces marches and camps similar to Dachau to demonstrate

Similar Essays

The Book Thief, By Markus Zusak

1117 words - 4 pages Towards the end of the book, the narrator says, “I am haunted by humans” (Zusak 550). Being narrated by Death, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is a novel about an orphan, named Liesel Meminger, who moves in with the Hubermanns in Himmel (Heaven) Street. While she is there, she plunders books from libraries and book burnings during the horrors of World War II. Liesel Meminger’s desire to read helps her deal with the incidents around her and gain

The Book Thief, By Markus Zusak

1117 words - 4 pages In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote,“I am haunted by humans” (Zusak 550). Being narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a novel about an orphan, named Liesel Meminger, who moves in with the Hubermanns in Himmel (Heaven) Street. While she is there, she plunders books from libraries and book burnings during the horrors of World War II. Liesel Meminger’s desire to read helps her deal with the incidents around her and gain insight about the power of

Markus Zusak's The Book Thief Essay

1528 words - 7 pages Markus Zusak, an award winning novelist, showcases the power that words can have on the environment around the world. In his novel The Book Thief, he shows the reader that even in a time of forlornness that words will always be one of the most powerful weapons that the human race can ever hope to gain. In the book Liesel Meminger, a German girl, is on her way to the small town of Molching, Germany, near Munich, to meet her future foster

The Power Of Words In Markus Zusak´S The Book Thief

1343 words - 6 pages Words hold great power and when used correctly can influence what people believe and how they act. In Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, many characters develop an understanding of the power of words which results in many characters being negatively impacted by the theme. Characters that are negatively affected by the strength the theme of the power of words carry include Liesel, Hans and Rudy. The power of words can influence many people which