Theme: Words and Propaganda
Quote From The Book: "I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." p. 528
Example: After encountering Max being forced on the way to a concentration camp, Liesel becomes hopeless and disdainful of the written word, seeing Hitler's words as the source of her suffering. Ilsa Hermann gives her a blank book and encourages her to write; Liesel writes the story of her life, containing both tragedy and beauty, at a fevered pace. Liesel has come to the realization that words can cause both violence and comfort, and she strives to make them "right" by combating vicious propaganda with writing that emanates from selflessness and love.
Real World Example: President Trump has brought chaos and uncertainty to domestic politics in America. It is a deeply disquieting spectacle but one that’s utterly riveting, if exhausting, to watch. Trump, plainly, is a disaster for America and Americans. But is he, as so many commentators and counter-terrorism experts insist, a boon for ISIS and the jihadists he spends so much time propagandizing about? Trump is the personification of everything the jihadists hate: He is materialistic, arrogant and anti-Muslim. He is also the President of the United States, which makes him the ideal poster boy (if this is the right expression for a coiffed, orange-hued 70-year-old) for the jihadists’ claim that America is a corrupt and sinful society at war with Islam.