Theme 1: The Power of Words
"There were the erased pages of Mein Kampf, gagging, suffocating under the paint as they turned." Zusak 237
Learning to read brings Liesel closer to the understanding that Hitler's propaganda is the root of his power and the reason why people are dying. Max, who understands the effect Hitler's propaganda has had on his race, is sick of hitler and his cruel acts. The story describes how a young girl who understands the power of words is capable of defying the Fuhrer through words of compassion and love. Reading brings Liesel great joy throughout the novel. Liesel's realization of the power of words makes her realize how cruel hitler is.
This article by The Huffington Post shows how powerful words are and how they are the most persuasive and conveying thing there is.It says that we should speak in a way that conveys respect, gentleness and humility and that we should use words with compassion and not try to be the better one. It also talks about how words can persuade or draw a crowd which is what hitler did with the jews. The power of words is incredible when you think of the vast power of them.
Theme 2: Theivery
"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right" Zusak 528
After encountering Max being forced on the way to a concentration camp, Liesel becomes hopeless and depressed, seeing Hitler's words as the source of her suffering. Ilsa Hermann gives her a blank book and encourages her to write; Liesel writes the story of her life, containing both tragedy and beauty. Liesel has come to the realization that words can cause both violence and comfort, and she strives to make them "right" by combating vicious propaganda with writing from selflessness and love. Liesel's thievery is a form of defiance and self actualization. By stealing books that the nazis banned, she shows courage and bravery for it. When she breaks into Ilsa hermanns house, she steals books which shows how she can take matter into her own hands.
In the article, it describes how thievery and plagiarism are some of the worst things on the planet. It states how easy it is to download something like a book and be able to share or read it for free but the author doesn't get any feedback or credit. This article was written by an author who's book was stolen and there were other copies of his book on other sites with someone's name on it. Thievery
Theme 3: Dehumanizing
"Sometimes I imagined how everything looked above those clouds, knowing without question that the sun was blond, and the endless atmosphere was a giant blue eye."
Carrying souls from the gas chamber in Auschwitz, Death imagines the composition of the sky beyond the rain clouds that cover the death camp. The "giant blue eye" is potentially a watchful and just God, whose sight has been obscured while His Chosen People are being massacred by the Nazis. The dehumanizing of the Jews is established because hitter stripped them of their rights, causing them to have nothing. The nazis goal was to eliminate the Jewish race by killing them. In the book, death has to take all the dead Jews.
During the Holocaust, Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals, like when the native Americans were forced to go into reservations and when African Americans were forced to be slaves and work non stop with little payoff. The Nazi party's goal was to abolish the Jewish race by making them enslaved or killing them and stripping them of their civil rights which cause life as a Jew to be horrible.