The book theif themes Keegan Hagger

Theme 1: Humans enjoy destruction.

“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.”(109)

Death makes this quote just before the bonfire of books, on Hitlers birthday. Death was struggling to understand the reasoning behind the burning, and the desire to watch the destruction. It relates to my theme because, it describes the human lust for destruction, whether it be something small or something large.

This is a photo of a riot that took place in Portland, Oregon, the protesters are upset about Trump becoming the new president. in the background you can see smoke coming from something, as well as a few people cheering at the destruction. The theme "Humans enjoy destruction" is visually demonstrated in this photo. The man with the bat is clearly on his way to break something and the people around are just watching, when they could try to stop him or discourage him, they most likely cheer and encourage him.

Theme 2: Love Hurts

“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”(531)

This quote relates to my theme because it describes how people can just stomp on you and yet you still keep feelings for them. It is a weird feeling when someone you have deep feelings for, mistreats those feelings. This is how Liesel feels when she says this. Liesel feels as though she has just been picked up by a wonderful cloud of love and happiness and then pulled back down for reason other than different feeling between people.

This poem by an anonymous writer shows how someone can hold your love even after they've already let go. It describes how someone can act like nothing happened, while at the same time holding back many feelings. This relates to the theme "Love Hurts" because, a person wishes to express his/her emotions and tell what they have been thinking, but instead they can't and are forced to hold it in.

Theme 3: Everyone has a heart

"Even death has a heart."(251)

In "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak Death is essentially the narrator of the story, he goes around watching humans live their lives and die. Throughout the story he always seems infatuated with Liesel. He also seems to care for those who aren't going to die. This is an excellent representation of "Everyone Has a Heart" because it displays how even those who only live in the dark, such as Death, can also care for others. Death is supposed to be a careless being that doesn't care about the lives he takes, but in the end he does end up caring, even if his last words were describing his fear of humans.

This picture shows someone who is in need of help, receiving the aid of others, who look as though they may be slightly better off than the man with the sign. The man in distress seems to be selling what he has in return for goods or money. Instead of buying something off of him the woman gives him clothing and food. She was not required to donate anything to the man, but out of pure good heart she does. This shows everyone has a heart because the woman is giving the man clothing out of a good heart and nothing more.

Summative Theme: Everyone has a heart


Created with images by Randy Wick - "Beautiful Landscape" • Phillip Pessar - "The Miami Herald Building Demolition" • Dalal Al-Wazzan - "Love" • Iroas - "love"

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