The Book Thief Themes By: Katelyn russo

Theme 1- Colors Evoke Feelings

"Red" ,The firebombing on Liesel's street that took the lives of everyone on the street.
"White" ,The snow from when Liesel's brother died.
"Black" , The sky at night when the American pilot crashed his plane.

"Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky. Dark,dark chocolate. People say it suits me. I do, however, try to enjoy every color I see-- the whole spectrum" (Zusak 4).

Humans are a mystery to death. Markus Zusak, attempts to decipher them, while distracting himself from humans with color. The colors all mean something to Liesel. They are all meant to mean death. She saw red, white, and black when a death occurred. Black happened when the American pilot crashed his plane. Liesel saw black and knew the color black when the crash happened. White is when her brother died. The color white represents the snow. Red is the firebombing, and represents all the people who died on her street.

Everyone uses color to explain feelings. Even if you don't think you do. For example people use the color blue as a happy feeling. When the sky is blue and the sun is out everyone feels happy with the color blue. If the sky is grey no one is motivated to do anything and everyone wants to sleep all day. Colors explain peoples feelings very well. Emotions can be explained by colors in many different ways. You can say how you feel by saying "I didn't have a very good day today." You may think that you aren't using color, but what color explains having a terrible day? I would say that blue explains having a bad day because the color corresponds with negative feelings. All colors mean something different for example, "The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms" (Johnson). Blue can mean different feelings. Blue can mean depression. Depending on how you think of the color. To some people blue would be happiness, and to others it is a negative feeling.

Theme 2-Suffering

Jews who suffered.

"You could argue that Liesel Meminger had it easy. She did have it easy compared to Max Vandenburg. Certainly, her brother had practically died in her arms. Her mother abandoned her. But anything was better than being a Jew" (Zusak 161).

This shows that no matter how hard things got for Liesel, her life was much easier than others during this time period, specifically the Jews. Death tells us that our pity for Liesel should be reduced by the knowledge that Liesel was not the only one who suffered under Hitler. A lot more people suffered a great deal under Hitler because they were Jewish. Even though Liesel lost her brother and mom, the Jewish people from Germany and Eastern Europe often lost more and as much. People who weren't Jewish though they had it bad, and would complain about so much. The Jews had it worse and they didn't really realize it, they were in so much pain and suffered so much that some didn't want to continue, and others didn't make it through at all.

"In every age people have wrestled with these issues, trying desperately to make sense of the painful, cruel, and unjust dimensions of life. For many contemporary Jews, however, the tragic events of the Holocaust represent the most troubling examples of evil and suffering in all human history" (Rabbi). All Jews suffered so much they just wanted to die. Some committed suicide they were in so much pain, were treated so bad. The tragic events during the Holocaust represent troubling issues of suffering and evil. During these times of suffering, people either had the courage to want to be alive and fight hoping sometime soon it would all come to an end. Most people were very discouraged during this time period because they suffered so much, and just gave up.

Theme 3- Courage

"Courage does not roar. Sometimes it's the quiet voice at the end of the day saying. I will try again tomorrow" (Anon).

"That was when Rudy stepped forward. He faced Franz Deutscher, lookin up at him. He's got a problem sir"( Zusak 259).

Rudy has a highly developed sense of what is right and wrong, like Hans. He stands up for his friends when they are being treated unfairly and doesn't care if he gets the worst from it. He has the courage to stand up for his friends. He has courage for friends because friends mean everything to him. He doesn't care what happens to him next because he has the courage to stand up to people no matter what that means. He stands up to Franz Deutscher all the time through out the book with no care for the consequences that are going to happen. Rudy is the example of courage of what a friend should be. He has more courage then most everyone in the book.

Courage takes a lot for some people, but others it is an every day thing. "That's when Dobi's stepped in front of his partner — and the cutting started." Officer Dobi's ran in front of his partner Robin Hill so that he wouldn't get hurt. Dobi, knowing he was going to b e injured did it in courage to be a hero to his partner. They are partners in crime and will always be there in courage for one another. Dobi's had no idea what was coming, he didn't think his partner was going to be attacked. He didn't have much reaction time, but his reaction was to step in front of Robin and protect him. It takes a lot of courage to step in front of someone when you realize they are about to be attacked and injured, but you put your self in that situation instead.

Summative Theme: Suffering


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