Quote: "In the left corner of an upturned piece of sandpaper, , he drew a square perhaps an inch and shoved a capital "A" inside it. In the other corner, he placed a lowercase one" (Zusak 67).
Learning the alphabet and how to create words is how Liesel and Hans Hubermann begin to develop their deep bond. That night when Liesel first had the nightmare about her brother, Hans started teaching her. Since then, he has spent a decent amount of time everyday to work with her by taking her down to the basement and allowing her to write on the basement walls for practice. He also gave up some of his tobacco to buy Liesel a few books for her birthday so he could continue to introduce new literature and expand her learning.
The article illustrates how powerful words can truly be. Yehuda Berg describes words as "singularly the most powerful force available to humanity" and that they have "energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to humiliate, and to humble." The author, Dr. Hyder Zahed believes that we need to be mindful and think before we speak because it only takes one discouraging word to hurt someone and lose their trust.
Theme #3: Acceptance of Death