Lying is not always bad
"Liesel stood up and also raised her arm. With absolute misery, she repeated it. "Heil Hitler." It was quite a sight- an eleven-year-old girl, trying not to cry on the church steps, saluting the Fuhrer as the voices over Papa's shoulder chopped and beat at the dark shape in the back-ground" (Zusak 116-117).
Nazi Germany was a scary place to live in, even if you weren't a jew. If you were german but did not support Hitler you could get killed to. Liesel hates Hitler but when she says it her Papa slaps her. He tells her that she can hate him at home but everywhere else she needs to support Hitler. Even though she hates him, she lies and says "Heil Hitler". That proves that lying is not always bad, it could save you life.
The article argues that lying is always morally wrong but that it could be acceptable. One perspective in the text says that if you lie, you keep people from the truth and that could get them to make the wrong choices. Another perspective argues that lying could be acceptable "when the resulting consequences maximize benefit or minimize harm".
There is different ways to suffer
"His oblivious unearthing of Max Vandenburg plagued him. Liesel could see it sitting next to his plate as he ignored his dinner, or standing with him at the bridge over the Amper. He no longer played the accordion. His silver-eyed optimism was wounded and motionless" (Zusak 416).
In The Book Thief there is a lot of suffering, both physical and mental suffering. The quote I chose from the book is about Hans's suffering. He is suffering mentally because Max had to leave. Liesel is also suffering mentally in the book, her brother died and her mother left her and she has nightmares. Max is suffering in both ways, he gets sick and nearly dies so he is suffering physically. He also has nightmares and he left his family so he is suffering mentally too.
This article is about the humanitarian situation in the Middle East. People there are suffering, the war is killing people daily. They are driven from their homes with no money and no place to go. A lot of people are suffering around the world.
Everyone and everything changes you
"He was one member of a cast, for Liesel was always visited in that room. Her papa stood and called her half a woman. Max was writing The Word Shaker in the corner. Rudy was naked by the door. Occasionally her mother stood on a bedside train platform. And far away, in the room that stretched like a bridge to a nameless town, her brother, Werner, played in the cemetery snow" (Zusak 473).
Liesel sees all of these people in her bedroom before she falls asleep. Everyone of them has impacted her in someway. Her personality has been shaped by all of them. Her papa taught her how to read and many other things. Max became like a brother to her, Rudy was her best friend and she loved him. Her mother left her and her brother died. Everyone of these people is a part of her.
This article talks about how you can and can't change people. You can change small parts of a person but you can't change who they are. To try and change who they are will only lead to conflicts and it could destroy a relationship.
Summative theme: Everyone and everything changes you
I took this photo at Newark in New York. I had just spent three days in New York with EF and I was flying to Colorado to meet my host family for the first time. This photo reminds me of why I did an exchange year in the first place.