The Book Thief, By Markus Zusak

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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 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. In the text, it said:
The seat in front was flung forward… She would not move. Outside, through the circle she made, Liesel could see the tall man’s fingers, still holding the cigarette… It took nearly fifteen minutes to coax her from the car… There was the gate next, which she clung on to. A gang of tears trudged from her eyes as she held on and refused to go inside (Zusak 28).
The tall man was Hans Hubermann, her foster father. 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 from Hans Hubermann, which would change her perspective of life. Rudy teaches her how to truly love someone else, and Rosa helped expand her vocabulary and how to detect love when shown in different ways. 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....

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