"Fear is a part of life. It is part of the range of feelings that humans experience on a daily basis. In our culture, fear has come to be experienced as negative. However, the truth is that fear is a perfectly normal feeling to experience and we would all feel a lot better if we simply allowed ourselves to feel it fully. If we do not we will have somatic symptoms of fear that are much more painful than simply allowing the feeling to be felt."
This poem written about fear perfectly describes that everyone has fear. Everyone handles fear differently and sometimes its better for you to accept your fear. Max has so much fear when traveling, he is worried he will be caught and loose his life. The fear in Max's life is controlling him, he can no longer go out in public without worrying. Fear is everywhere, causing people to live their life fearing for the worst possible situation.
Theme 2: Don't judge a book by its cover
"The mayor's wife opened the door and she was not holding the bag, like she normally would. Instead, she stepped aside and motioned with her chalky hand and wrist for the girl to enter" (Zusak, 133).
This quote perfectly describes why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Liesel was afraid of going to the mayor's door because she thought she was going to get in trouble, but after facing her fear and going up to the door she realized that it wasn't as bad as she thought it would be. She was worried the mayor's wife was going to be mad at her for stealing a book but the mayors wife was very welcoming and let her into their house to see the library.