The Book Thief By: Kyler tucker

Theme 1: Courage is made out of fear is a theme seen often in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

"In 1933, 90 percent of Germans showed unflinching support for Adolph Hitler. That leaves 10 percent who didn't. Hans Hubermann belonged to that ten percent." (Zusak 10)

"Did they deserve any better, these people? How many had actively persecuted others, high on the scent of Hitler's gaze, repeating his sentences, his paragraphs, his opus? Was Rosa Hubermann responsible? The hider of a Jew? Or Hans? Did they all deserve to die? The children?" (Zusak 375)

These quotes show the ability to be couragous through different perspectives and different what level of fear different people need or can handle in order to say enough and act couragous. Hitler came to power from fear the people had from the amount and how fast he gained it but there are 10% of people who know what it's like but are being couragouse and fighting for the morally right reasons. It takes a lot of bad things such as murder and concentration camps and hurting children to know and bring out the courage in people because they know to stop being afraid and that ended up working and stoping Hitlers reign.

The article "WHY COURAGE REQUIRES FEAR" by Michael Hyatt Explains how it truly does take fear in order to create moments or courage and build it up. it does not however replace or change the concept of fear in you it just brings courage out. Courage is found in everyday life such as in the book because there are many tough situations people must make a decision on. “Courage is the willingness to act in spite of your fear" shows he knows they have a connection.

Theme 2: Doing wrong things for the right reasons

"Although something inside her told her that this was a crime – after all, her three books were the most precious items she owned – she was compelled to see the thing lit." (Zusak 18)

"...but it was the stealing that cemented their friendship completely... it was driven by one inescapable force – Rudy's hunger. The boy was permanently dying for something to eat." (Zusak 246)

These quotes explain how in the book there are very desperate times because of whats going on in their country and how it is being run. No one really had it good or was happy in these times because it hurt a lot of the families such as Rudy'd because as you can see he couldn't get food. Sometimes when in need certain steps must be done in order to receive a specific something that can be life changing or is unimportant. The things being stolen where either being put to a really good use or where going to a worse place anyway.

The article "Stealing Small Amounts Of Food When In Desperate Need Is Not A Crime" by Dominique Mosbergen Depicts how it should not be crime if small amounts of food should not be punishable as a man was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing around $4 worth of food from a supermarket when he was homeless trying to survive. “In recent years the economic crisis has increased dramatically the number of citizens" this is a problem that no one can predict but it still happens. People may have problems and do the wrong things but for the right reasons which is human nature.

Theme 3: Hate creates Love

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.” (Zusak 52)

“I have to say that although it broke my heart, I was, and still am, glad I was there.” (Zusak 533)

These quotes explain how objects and people can be hated if you don't or haven't gotten to understand them and its not a big deal. They also over time or once you get to know them deep down can be something completely different and amazing which you could learn to love or are falling for it anyway. When you love something it is hard to let go but hating something can be changed with something simple time. Love is a powerful thing that most people deal with in different ways in their lives but it makes them happy unlike how hate is a negative thing. When a boy hates you it means something else and it's easy to change his mind but when he loves you it makes it hard to let go or even tell him anything different.

The article "From Hate To Love" by Robert W. portrays how Hate is just something people use as an excuse to mask over other emotions of feelings they don't have developed yet for whatever it is. "If fear of retaliation persuades us to hold our tongue, then anger congeals into hate..." this describes other emotions people fear that lead to hate but it also tells they don't mean it necessarily. Since we are humans it also tells how our minds change a lot and with a little nudge in the right direction hate can turn into love because everyone is capable of it.


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