the book thief themes By ellie provines

Theme 1: Change Can Be Good

change can only be good if you have an open mind about it

"Toward the end of 1939, Liesel had settled into life in Molching pretty well. She still had nightmares about her brother and missed her mother, but there were comforts now, too" (Zusak 85).

The comforts for Liesel were her Papa, Hans, her best friend, Rudy, and her Mama at some times, Rosa. Hans has always been there for Liesel, and they have formed an amazing father-daughter bond in what short time they've had together. Rudy on the other hand, didn't get along with Liesel right away, but now they are two peas in pod, and they are blossoming quite the romance. Lastly, Rosa has not shown her love in the way most mothers do. However, Liesel knows Rosa loves her, even if she doesn't say the words. This all relates to the theme "Change can be Good" because it shows that even though Liesel lost her family, she got the chance to have a new one, and she is happy with these new found family members.

The true story, "Life Changing Experience" is about how a grandson saw his grandma suffer through a heart attack and how it changed his life. Soon after his experience he knew he needed to start living life to the fullest and not miss out on anything, so he would never regret not doing something. This relates to my theme because he had a big change in his life, losing his grandmother, which he spun out in a positive way to improve his life by learning that life can be short and it's easy to miss out on amazing opportunities.

Theme 2: Doing Something Once Can Turn Into a Habit

once is sometimes too many

"The book thief had struck for the first time-- the beginning of an illustrious career" (Zusak 29).

This career of thievery, quickly became something Liesel did on a regular basis. It started with the Gravedigger's Handbook, and by the end she had stolen ten different books. Books were not all that she stole though. She and her best friend Rudy had also learned from an older man how to steal crops from people's yards. Even that did not fulfill her need for stealing, however. Her and Rudy once spilt water on the sidewalk so it could freeze, and a man would slip on it, so they could steal is groceries. When Liesel stole her very first item, it probably did not occur to her this would turn into a nasty habit. But anything can become addictive if you let it.

In the story of the two tadpoles, it shows the theme of bad and good habits. The two tadpoles are born, and the mother teaches her sons about how one day their tales with fall off and they will grow legs. One tadpole gets very excited, and he exercises his tail to prepare more for his future as a frog. The other tadpole takes the news differently. He decides since he is going to lose his tail anyway, he shouldn't try and strengthen it. The mother warns him and says he should exercise his tail more but he doesn't listen. Then one day, their tails fall off and they sprout legs. The one tadpole is so excited the day finally came for him to have legs and he hops around all day long. The other tadpole, who didn't strengthen his tail, is not very happy about having legs. He did not possess the energy to use them as his brother did. This relates to my theme because the weaker tadpole developed the habit of being lazy when he still had a tail, which caused him to have not any energy for when he got his legs.

Theme 3: Love Can be Found in Dark Places

people can find love in a hopeless place

“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist's suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers...She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on" (Zusak 248).

This is an example of my theme love can be found in dark places because Rudy is one of the many people Liesel fell in love with when moving to Himmel Street. This time period was also a time of war in Germany, and people were constantly dying, and towns were being bombed. Liesel also thought she would not be happy after her brother dying, and having to leave her mom, but she got to know her foster parents, and loved them. She met Max, and loved him, and she met Rudy, and although she didn't know it, she had been in love with him since day one.

The classic story of cinderella goes like this. There once was a girl, who lived with her stepmother and two stepsisters. The stepmother made her do all the cleaning and cooking and was never polite to her. One day, a letter came from the palace and it was an invitation to the Prince's ball. The stepmother would not let the girl go, and so the rest of them went, and left Cinderella alone. Cinderella was very sad, and she ran outside. A fairy godmother then appeared and made her look like a beautiful princess and sent her off to the ball, but was warned the magic would only last until midnight. So the girl went off to the ball, and she met the prince, and they quickly fell in love. But the clock had struck midnight, she ran home, and left behind only a shoe for the prince to find her with. The next morning, the prince and a few men went out searching for the girl missing a shoe, and he finally found Cinderella and they lived happily ever after. This relates to my theme because Cinderella went to ball just wanting to get out of the house, but she met her true love instead, and she lived a wonderful life after that.

This is my cousin that lives in Virginia that I had to move away from.


Created with images by jarmoluk - "old books book old" • Alexas_Fotos - "time for a change new ways letters" • tookapic - "cigarettes holder smoking" • 3dman_eu - "toad frog tadpoles" • Simon Shek - "love"

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