The Book Thief Themes By: Grant Brewer

Theme 1: Love will find a way

"Liesel observed the strangeness of her foster father's eyes. They were made of kindness, and silver. Like soft silver, melting. Liesel, Upon seeing those eyes, understood that Hans Hubermann was worth a lot" (Zusak 34). In the Book Thief Lisle loves Hans even though he is not her real dad and she just met him. Liesel does not yet undestanad why she is with these foster parents and she still lets them into her life to care for her.

Love is found even at death

This relates to the movie "50 First Dates" because one of the main characters Lucy has a disease where she relives the same day over and over again and can't remember anything that happened before. Because of this Henry takes videos of what they do each day and show her and they eventually get married and have a child. Henry loved her so much that he found a way to overcome this disease and still marry and have a child.

Theme 2: Words are influential

"Yes, the Fuhrer decided that he would rule the world with words. "I will never have to fire a gun, he devised i will not have to""(Zusak 445).

Words can do so much. Hitler, use words to strike fear into the nation around him. He plants them like seeds and lets them grow into a foundation he builds his reign on. Hitler knows the strength of words and for that reason he has the burning of the books so they don't have a negative influence on his reign. He fears these words will plant seeds into the brain of the people and it will grow into an idea that Hitler may be wrong. Hitlers used words as power and destroys them to stop a power that could overcome him.

In the begging of this scene from "Pursuit of Happiness: Will Smith starts out by telling his son he probably won't go pro in basketball. He son listens to these words and stops shooting and puts the ball in a bag. His dad then tell him never to listen to what anyone says and to always chase his dream. His words have power throughout this scene. Originally they stop his son from chasing his dream then they inspire him to do whatever he wants.

Theme 3: The right thing isn't always the easy thing

"Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic. When it changed hands, the jew slid down. He fell to his knees and held papa's shins. He buried his face between them and thanked him" (Zusak 394).

Hans knows that this is the right thing to do even though he will face consequences. He could've very easily just let the parade of jews continue and do nothing by letting this man die. Instead he chooses to take the whipping and help this man. In the long run it may even hurt him and his family but, he still chooses to do it. He also demonstrates his willingness to do the right thing be housing max (a jew) in his basement.

The right thing to do can be a battle

This article talks about how multiple boys fell through the ice in central park. A man walking by saw them and went in and saved them. He then called 911. This man risked his own life to save others because it was the right thing to do. He could've just waited for the cops to arrive and let them save them because it was easy. Instead he took it upon himself because it was the right thing to do.

Summative theme: Words are influential

I still play sports even after my struggles


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