The Book Thief Themes Interim Marissa Studer

Theme 1- Money Can't Buy Happiness

Money Can't Buy Happiness: I truly feel that money doesn't buy happiness, although many people would beg to differ.

In the story The Book Thief Liesel may not have the perfect life but she's still happy because she has her Papa and she has her best friend Rudy, and not mention her books.

Her Papa plays a big role in her life and happiness with all the things he does for her such as teaching her how to roll a cigarette, he plays accordion for her, and every night when she dreams of her brother he comes to her room to make her feel better, and not to mention he teaches her to read her books.

Reading Captures the Mind

" You know how to roll a cigarette?" he asked her, and for the next hour or so, they sat in the rising pool of darkness, playing with the tobacco and the cigarette papers and Hans Hubermann smoking them. When an hour was up, Liesel could roll a cigarette moderately well. She still didn't have a bath (Zusak 33). I feel that this part in the beginning of the story has a huge impact and really can relate to my theme because this part happens her "mama" is trying to get her into a bath and saying she is a filthy pig and then her "papa" comes in and sees that Liesel is unhappy and ever since he showed her how to roll him a cigarette she loves doing it for him and so whenever Hans asks her to she is very happy and that's how their bond really started.

Something to Take the Edge off

" I bet you can't bet me." Liesel wasn't taking any of that. " I bet you I can." " What do you bet, you little Saumensch? Have you got any money?" " Of course not. Do you?" " No." But Rudy had and idea. It was the lover boy coming out of him. " If I bet you, I get to kiss you" (Zusak 53). Rudy is Liesel's best friend they walk to school together, he sticks up for her at school, they play soccer with all the neighbor kids. This goes with my theme because even though both families have little to no money they still laugh and have fun together because they don't need money to be friends.

Friends are Free

This article describes the though from many people feel that life experiences makes them more happy than buying materialistic items. Yes some life experiences may cost money but you get more from them.

Theme 2- A True Friend Will Always Be There

I 100% can say that if it were not for m true friends I don't know where I would be. They have always been there for me through everything and they have helped make me who I am today.

In The Book Thief Liesel has a best friend named Rudy. They walk to school together, he often walks with her when she is doing her laundry service and they play soccer together.

Rudy has a big part in her life because he has helped her steal books, they have stolen food together, oh and I almost forget... Rudy likes Liesel!

True Friendship

" ' Wake up, Rudy,' and now, as the sky went on heating and showering ash, Liesel was holding Rudy Steiner's shirt by the front. ' Rudy, please.' The tears grappled with her face. ' Rudy, please, wake up, Goddamn it, wake up, I love you. Come on, Rudy, come on, Jesse Owens, don't you know I love you, wake up, wake up, wake up...'" (Zusak 535) I feel that this is a very moving powerful part of the book because while they were growing up and spending all their time together she would never admit she liked him. Also just after that part in the story Liesel kisses Rudy. That I feel is also important because he would often make bets and things and If he won he would always ask for a kiss and she always denied him until he was dead she admitted her feelings and kissed him.

In the song "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers he sings about how two people can call on each other for their problems and if they are struggling they will always help each other as long as they ask for help other wise they wouldn't know that they needed help.

Theme 3- A Little Bit of Kindness Goes a Long Way

I truly believe that a simple act of kindness can do something amazing because you never know what someone is going through.

" The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic. When it changed hands, the Jew slid down. He fell to his knees and held Papa's shins. He buried his face between them and thanked him" ( Zusak 394).

I feel that the song Imagine is really empowering and connects to this theme well because the song talks about imagining how life would be if everyone came together. If there was no greed and no hunger, and having every person live their lives like they want to and not being forced to believe in one thing.



Created with images by jarmoluk - "old books book old" • Nicolas Alejandro Street Photography - "untitled image" • sasint - "children fight river"

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