The Book Thief Themes Brody Mccord

Words are extremely powerful

"Beneath her shirt, a book was eating her up" (Zusak 137).

Liesel steals her next book from a book burning in the middle of the town on Hitlers birthday. The reason Hitler was burning the books was because he didn't want people reading them and learning that what he was doing wasn't good for the people. Essentially he wanted to brainwash them, making the people believe that everything he says and does is the perfect way to live. In this situation, words in those books were extremely powerful. Powerful enough to have changed one of the biggest genocides in history, if the people would have read the books.

This article talks about how powerful books can be and that they are fading away in society. The author of the article reminds me of Liesel because as a child he wanted books so bad, even though his family couldn't afford them easily. It also talks about how kids and young adults barley read anymore if they do at all because of newer and more flashy things such as technology. It describes how people aren't reading as much anymore because it is difficult, or harder than watching TV or playing video games on a cell phone. Could this be destroying a very fundamental piece of young peoples lives?

Theme 2: The Easy Way Isn't Always The Best Way

"Do you still play the accordian?" (Zusak 238)

This is one of the first things Max says when he gets to Hans house. Since Hans and Rosa allow him to live with them they are taking a huge risk. The easy thing to do would to have just kicked Max out because it is against the law and could easily endanger their family. But that proves that the easy thing isn't always the best thing. The best thing to do is exactly what they did and move Max in with them to keep him out of harms way.

This article talks about how the easy way isn't always the best way. The writer talks about how easy things aren't often successful, and that the hard work and dedication can often get you places that easy routes can't. This relates perfectly to The Book Thief and how Hans and Rosa hide Max in their basement because they know it is the right thing to do even though they are putting themselves at a greater risk. If they are caught with Max, serious consequences could come and take place.

Breaking the law is not always the wrong thing to do

"Oh my God, Liesel, what have I done?" (Zusak 589)

This is what Hans says after he attempts to feed bread to one of the Jews during the parade. He says this because he realizes people are going to become suspicious that he tried to help a Jew. He is breaking the law by trying to help the Jews in the parade, and by keeping one in his basement. But this is the right thing to do, even though it is against the law. Protecting people that are innocent and don't deserve to die is the right thing to do.

This article talks about if it is ever okay to break the law. It says that under emergency circumstances it is okay, and it looks back at Americas history. It says that America wouldn't be how it is today if we didn't break some laws which is extremely true. Do you think there is ever a time where it is acceptable to break the law?

Words are Extremely Powerful


Created with images by Vince Alongi - "Holocaust" • LearningLark - "The House of Leaves - Burning 8" • jarmoluk - "apple education school" • edwin.11 - "A Memorial in Dachau Concentration Camp"

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