"When she reached her hand in, she was bitten, but on the second attempt, she made sure she was fast enough. She latched onto the closest of the books. It was hot, but it was also wet, burned only at the edges, but otherwise unhurt. It was blue" (Zusak 120).
During WWII, citizens of Nazi Germany were forced to give up all their possessions that went against the Nazi Party beliefs and their dictator, Adolf Hitler. That included books written by Jewish authors and, in general, any book in favor of the Jewish people. After all the books were collected, they were thrown together in piles and burned. As books were taken away, knowledge was taken away from the people and the ability for them to be an individual was stripped away. The lack of education on topics and propaganda worked hand in hand, keeping people clueless, brainwashed, and changed their opinion of the Jewish people. Liesel made her way to one of the fires and picked up a book,The Shoulder Shrug, about a Jewish hero. This book changed her life. It not only changed her perspective on things, but it opened her eyes to the concept of Jews being good. The knowledge she gained from reading books allowed her to grow. At the beginning of Liesel's life on Himmel street, she didn't have much knowledge, education wise, but with the help of Hans Hubermann and books, she was able to grow as an individual and become knowledgeable, having her own thoughts and opinions towards different topics, proving that knowledge expands individualism.
This article, "The Age of Individualism," talks about individualism and how beliefs and social norms have changed through out time. Individualism is a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual ("Dictionary.com"). Throughout this article, different generations beliefs are mentioned. Ross Douthat believes that through the years people have gained knowledge and a sense of wanting to be heard. In politics, the younger generations are more liberal because the idea of being able to have a voice and the idea of changing the social stigmas in the society is important. Changing the way a society views things, takes a lot of effort and evidence. A person must be knowledgeable on both sides of the subject. This article proves that knowledge expands individualism, by showing how educated people can change the world and a nations viewpoint.
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Summative Theme: Death is Inevitable