THEME #1- HUMANS ARE CRUEL TO OTHERS DURING BAD TIMES
Liesel is reading a book to Max in the basement. (Citation-Liesel reading to Max. 2014. N.p.)
"He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them" (Zusak 44).
The Hubermanns show an act of kindness by hiding Max in the basement and caring for him. Max is a Jew who can't be seen by the Nazis so he lives in the basement. The family always treats Max with the most amount of respect as they try their hardest to provide everything for him to stay alive at greater risks to themselves. Noticeably, at the beginning of the book they care for him not only emotionally, but making him feel like he is part of the family. They physically care for him by providing him with food and shelter making him feel the best. Liesel and Max have developed a very strong bond so far as Max is cared for by getting the normal things but also getting a goodnight bedtime story to comfort him. The Nazis show a significant amount of hate and violence against the Jews and Max understandably finds that Liesel’s act of kindness is remarkable. Meanwhile, at the concentration camps where Max is supposed to be at he remains unseen in the in the book as a intensive form of cruelty.
This week is acts of kindness and below is the link to the article.
The article "Random Acts of Kindness Week Has Astonishing Health Benefits," alludes to how showing kindness can affect you as a person. Giving kindness can help you as a person by boosting your energy and esteem levels, which is produced by serotonin. Serotonin generates a feeling of calmness and it can do a lot to improve your mood, studies say that just by exercising it can boost you levels. A study at Berkeley, show that about 50% of participants that reported say that they feel stronger and are more energetic when they help others. When these people have higher feels of calmness then it affects there self-esteem in a key part. Showing kindness makes you happier because it affects other in a positive way.
Kindness is good for your heart and can also potentially make you live longer. When you see somebody showing kindness to one another your body produces oxytocin, which is essentially called the "love hormone." This reduces the levels of blood pressure which improves your hearts health. Studies say that people who are 55 years old or older and have volunteered in multiple organization has a less chance of dying early at a 44 % rate. I find this to be interesting but it also has to do with your health habits, exercise, marital status and many other factors. This may sound crazy but showing kindness can have a bigger role than excercising a couple times a week. Showing kindness can reduce your pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure. They are so many ideas to show kindness to someone else, start making an impact on others as it will do better for yourself.
THEME #2- DEATH ARRIVES DURING GOOD TIMES
Liesel, her mother and her brother Werner are traveling on a train to Munich when Werner suddenly dies. (Citation- Liesel and her brother Werner on a new journey. N.d. Emaze, n.p.)
Yes, often, I am reminded of her, and in one of my vast array of pockets, I have kept her story to retell. It is one of the small legion I carry, each one extraordinary in its own right. Each one an attempt – an immense leap of an attempt – to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it" (Zusak 14 & 15).
Throughout the novel, we see different colors in the world, but there is a constant feeling of death that disperses. Liesel has a handful of charming stories in her childhood ages, but throughout the book many others face upsets. There are many dark sides in the book and it often jumps around in this era, with strange events that gives you an idea but then ruins it. I think that Death mainly focuses on the perception of people, and helps those peoples back on him. He could be a human who has the heart to not divide people based on their religion, race, and or personality. He has the chance of ruining bosses powers such as Hitler. Hitler abolished peoples rights and brought war to others.
We all face difficult times in life wether it's loosing a job, death of a friend or family member, and even through illness. We often tell ourselves to tough it up, but how do we really do that? Resilience it's what builds our strength, during bad times our we somehow manage our spirits with the positive thoughts. In the article it's states that "the worst situations are often mixed with feelings of relief and an outpouring of compassion." I can easily relate this to "The book theif," because liesel goes through a lot of difficult times but still manages to find that residence to move on in life.
THEME #3- THE POWER OF WORDS DOESNT HURT PEOPLE
Nazis burning books to celebrate Hitlers birthday (Citation-Truitt, Brian. "Behind the fiery scenes of 'The Book Thief'" USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 10 Mar. 2014. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.)
"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right" (Zusak 528).
Liesel has grasped her stance on the impact of the power of words, reveals that she wants to use her words for important reasons, instead of using the harmful ones, she wants to make the words right. In life there is a good way of saying something, and theirs a harmful way of saying it. Many people learn including Liesel, that one person decisions on what words to say can impact others in your society on which they should say. Everyone view words differently and some may hurt them and some may not. Always catch your powerful words with who you talk too because the can potentially change that persons opinion on you.
In Today's society, people don't understand how meaningful and or hurtful words can truly be. In the article, "The building power of words" by Ted Michalsen explains how word s can be spoken in moments, but words can be torn down what years is to to build them. For an example, " sticks and stones can break bones but your words will never hurt me." This slogan is peoples will for protection, but the real question is how doesn't this spell assault which never works. Certain words have the power but words aren't powerful to break people bones, but hurt them emotionally. In the book "The Book Thief," we often see hateful words being used many people like the Nazis. Those who are closets to Liesel share the words that are right giving each other the trust and loyalty during bad times.
SUMMATIVE: HUMANS ARE CRUEL TO OTHERS DURING BAD TIMES
A picture of boxes full of hygiene products and food. These are given to kids whose parents can't afford every day items.
THE BOOK THIEF SUMMATIVE THEME