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Zusak Essay

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There are a variety of motifs that Markus Zusak make use of to explore the novel the Book Thief. The three main sections; stealing, books and writing and darkness portray how Liesel Meminger survive as well live her daily routine during such a horrific time. The Book Thief was set in Nazi Germany during the World War II holocaust; death reveals how everyone dies in the end, but takes a great interest in Liesel Meminger. The three components explore how Liesel can change the course of her fate. The usage of motifs allows a descriptive pattern of how liesel actions become very repetitive and feel more natural. The effect on the audience allows them to be able to comprehend how the struggles of living through this time and what Liesel did to survive.

In the novel the Book Thief, Markus Zusak explores how the power of words can make such a difference. The power of words and stories hold such a tremendous value within the Book Thief novel. A major event that shows how powerful words truly are during this time period, was the destruction of Hitler, as Hitler was a very good with words, as he sent a whole country in to war without him using guns, money, or any other instrument but the power of words. Another way of how words are powerful Is the friendship between Liesel and Hans Hubermann, without him finding the gravediggers handbook, they would of never begun learning the alphabet and Hans would of never started to help Liesel learn how to read and write, which lead to make their bond so strong. The way books and writing play such an important role within the Book thief shows that words are truly the most powerful concept in the world, as it brings people to together and in some cases saves lives due to it allows humanity to come in and not always destruction. Another way words were portrayed were when Liesel escapes death in the bombing of Himmel Street because she is writing her life story and when Max ironically receives the fake identity card that helps him survive in a copy of MKPF, and then he reads the book for cover as he travels to Molching, Max and Liesel friendship truly blossoms when Max writes her a book on the pages of the book “Mein Kampf.” This is when Liesel begins to steal books from the Frau Hermann’s library after the Frau gives a letter stating they will no longer need...

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