The Book Thief Themes Kelly Lynch

Theme 1

Color speaks volume

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts -Marcus Aurelius

"Yes, it was white. It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in snow. Like it had pulled it on, the way you pull on a sweater. Next to the train line, foot prints were sunken to their shins. Trees wore blankets of ice. As you might except, someone had died" (Zusak 6).

Each time a person dies, Death sees a new color that quickly fills the sky. Every color is different depending on the person. As Death greets the boy, he sees white. White acknowledges the purity of the boy, like his older sister, not aware of the circumstances. His youth and innocence is seen as Death comes to collect his next victim. As people die, the color depicts something unique about them and their personality giving Death a unique insight on their life.

This article, "Color Symbolism and Culture," goes into depth about how different colors can bring different significance depending on the person or even the culture. Various things such as different tone, can bring different meaning. It also explains how different colors can be associated with things like holidays or culture. It also talks about how color that be associated with phrases that can add to their "hidden" meaning. All around us in our lives there's color and we're constantly relating and thinking about it whether we realize it or not. Color is a huge part of our world and we will continue to use it to symbolize, relate and feel with it.

Theme 2

Power of words

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

"When she turned to page two, it was Rudy who noticed. He paid direct attention to what Liesel was reading, and he tapped his brothers and his sisters, telling them to do the same. Hans Hubermann came closer and called out, and soon, a quietness started bleeding through the crowded basement. By page three, everyone was silent but Liesel" (Zusak 381).

During the bomb raids, all the families on Himmel Street, go to the Fiedler's basement for protection. All that can heard is the anxious cries of children and tension within the adults. That is until Liesel who made sure to bring her most prized possessions, her books begins to read. This is a skill most people of this time weren't able to do. Not only does reading give Liesel a better overall understanding of life but also it gives her the ability to soothe the group of people, scared for their lives, hiding in the basement.

In this article, "Work Power," by Richard Cohen, he analyzes how different people and different circumstances can vary people's word choice and how people act. He described how as time passes, language standards change and develope. He talks about how one day his neighbor used to word cripple to describe his dad and now in modern day, that word isn't socially accepted. What people dream right and wrong can change within days and in terms of the book, The Book Thief, it is morally wrong to read books or even own them but the main character, Liesel, proves this to be wrong as she shows the power of reading to all. "The power of language to define or wound cannot be denied" (Cohen).

Theme 3

Love is everlasting

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. -Audrey Hepburn

"He lay with yellow hair and closed eyes, and the book thief ran toward him and fell down. She dropped the black book. 'Rudy,' she sobbed, 'wake up...' She grabbed him by his shirt and gave him just the slightest djsbelvinf shake. 'Wake up Rudy,' and now, as the sky went from heating and showering ash, Liesel was holding Rusy Steiner's shirt by the front. 'Rudy please.' The tears grappled with her face. 'Rudy please, wake up, goddamn it, wake up, I love you. Come on Rudy, come on, Jesse Owens, don't you know I love you, wake up, wake up, wake up...'" (Zusak 535).

Throughout the whole book, Liesel and Rudy have had a strong friendship. Despite Rudy's never ending requests of a kiss from Liesel, the two are inseparable. Towards the end of the book, when Himmel Street gets bombed, Liesel's true feeling for Rudy come out. After the overwhelming emotions she's facing from the fact all her friends and family have died, Liesel admits her love to Rudy. Although she never said it before, Liesel will always love and care for both Rudy and the rest of the important people in her life forever.

In the article "Everlasting Love," by John Cobb, he talks about how in his mind, love is never ending. Love will always be a part of our lives no matter if it's today or 100 years from now making it in away timeless. He describes how it's hard for our brains to comprehend this because we're not used to things lasting a lifetime. As humans, we become accustom to failure so it's odd for us to experience something otherwise. Love is one of the unique and only things that surrounds us forever. It's not something that we can necessarily get rid of and tends to follow us around, sometimes without us even realizing it.

Summative Theme: Love is Everlasting


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