"people strive for liberty" A theme by Robert Smith
This speech depicts that all American's liberties and rights should be protected under the constitution no matter the demographics of individuals. What stood out was when Kennedy said that "every American ought to have the right to be treated, as one would wish their children were treated." (Kennedy) This stood out to me because every man should be treated well and be able to enjoy enough liberty to control his or her destiny. Also "We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk." (Kennedy). stood out to me because in a democracy whenever a crisis occurs, repressive police action and media censorship will only take away one's moral rights instead of solving the crisis.
"In the basement, 33 Himmel street, Max Vandenberg could feel the fists of the entire nation. One by one, they climbed onto the ring and beat him down." (Zusak) (38.112).
Max Vandenberg was a Jew in Nazi Germany in the book thief. He was trapped in the basement of Liesel, the main character's home. Max Vandenberg is starving as he is trying to show resistance to Hitler with the help of the book thief. This applies to theme, as Max had all of his rights taken away in Nazi Germany, thus, he can't live the life that he wishes. Instead, he is forced into his basement to avoid being captured and exported to a concentration camp.