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Throughout novel, Markus Zusak explores the importance of individual responsibility in ethical and moral terms. The author shows how personal beliefs are put to the test when people are confronted...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021, 9:09 pm (UTC)

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a novel in which the narrator is Death (a personification of death). Death portrays himself as an exhausted being who is overworked. He has a hard time...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019, 4:00 am (UTC)

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Hans Jr. is a fully committed Nazi and his father is not. Hans Jr. believes in the Nazi party because he also believes that before the Nazis took power, Germany was at its worst. He believes that...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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In part 7, the Gestapo, or Nazi secret police, come for Rudy Steiner. The purpose for their visit to the Steiner home is to recruit Rudy for an elite school. This school trains specially chosen...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2018, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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Rudy becomes infamous by mimicking Jesse Owens. Death describes Rudy as “infamous” when introducing him to the reader in the beginning of the book. His infamous because he would not bow down to...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016, 5:42 am (UTC)

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It is significant that Death visits Max Vandenburg for many reasons. One reason is that Death is responsible for collecting stories of courageous humans. Death wants to prove to readers that human...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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In Part 4 of The Book Thief, the chapter titled "The Wrath of Rosa" is about the time when Max first arrives at the Hubermanns' home. Rosa has fed Max a bowl of her pea soup, and she and Hans...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011, 10:35 pm (UTC)

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The author, Markus Zusak, characterizes Liesel Merminger as a child of nine years who has many emotions about and reactions to the novel's setting of Germany during World War II. Because the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016, 9:42 am (UTC)

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Liesel is left by her mother at the Hubermanns and is also dealing with her brother's death when her story begins. I would describe her as "lonely" but she does adapt quite well by bonding with...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2012, 2:16 am (UTC)

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The Book Thief is set in Molching, a fictional town in Germany, during World War II. The early action in the book takes place in 1939. We learn this because Liesel hears the news that Germany has...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 4:42 am (UTC)

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Death cares deeply about the souls of the departed. He also cares for the loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. It's his caring nature that makes Death such a complex, fascinating character...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019, 10:50 am (UTC)

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There are several reasons why Markus Zusak might have chosen World War II–era Germany as the setting for The Book Thief. For one, Germany acted as the center of crisis in World War II, even as it...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019, 1:51 am (UTC)

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The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. This quote is spoken by Death after Rudy and Liesel find the...

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It's Christmas Eve and the children are full of the good cheer of the holiday season. Liesel brings pots and pans full of snow downstairs to the basement where Max, a young Jewish boy, is being...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019, 8:44 am (UTC)

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Keep in mind that theme refers to a central idea or subject discussed in a text that is applicable beyond the plot itself. This novel is of a significant enough length that there are actually...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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In an interview with Random House that can be found on YouTube, Markus Zusak says that both his mother and father lived in Germany during World War II. He grew up hearing stories from his mother...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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Books are important as material objects, as representations of the knowledge contained in them, and as symbols of the human connections made through them. The Nazis did conduct public book burnings...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 3:33 pm (UTC)

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Towards the end of part five of Markus Zusak's young reader's novel The Book Thief, the narrator informs us through an article Liesel reads to Max, the Jew hidden in the household's basement, that...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015, 9:50 am (UTC)

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In short, the answer to your question is that the reader is able to observe discrimination against the Jews and the propaganda of Hitler through Liesel joining the group called Hitler Youth. In...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 10:11 am (UTC)

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In part nine of The Book Thief, Rudy and Liesel once again go to the mayor’s house this time to steal a book. Frau Hermann has left out cookies and it is at this point that Liesel starts to think...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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You could select a number of different characters to use in response to this question. Personally, however, the character I think of most as struggling is Max, the fist-fighting Jew who stays in...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Max is haunted by memories of his family after he leaves home at their urging. He feels guilty over his belief that he abandoned them on Kristallnacht, when he fled to safety with his friend...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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Analepsis and prolepsis are Greek words. Analepsis is often called “flashback” and prolepsis is likewise called “flash forward.” Intradiegesis or intradiegetic time refers to the situation of a...

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Frau Hermann is remarkably relaxed when she discovers what Liesel has been up to. Instead of chastising her, as one might expect, the mayor's wife gives Liesel the opportunity to enter her library...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019, 11:30 am (UTC)

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From Part Seven in the section entitled "The Long Walk to Dachau," Hans Hubermann offers a piece of bread to an old Jewish man who is walking with a large group of Jews towards Dachau. Even though...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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Liesel has nightmares about her brother who died for the first several months after moving in with Hans and Rosa. To help Liesel cope with the nightmares and her new foster home, Hans teaches...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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Ilsa Hermann (the mayor's wife) lost her son Johann during World War I. Her pain and grief have shattered her world completely, making it hard for her to function normally both in her own life and...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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"Mein Kampf" ("My Struggle") was a lengthy book written by Adolf Hitler while imprisoned for a failed attempt to overthrow the government in 1923. The final book was initially issued in two...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2013, 1:43 am (UTC)

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Liesel Meminger is virtually alone in the world when she arrives on the doorsteps of Hans and Rosa Hubermann’s house during World War II. Her father is dead, and her mother is a suspected Communist...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011, 5:10 am (UTC)

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It is Death, our narrator, who names Liesel the “book thief.” In reality, Liesel does not steal very much at all. However, she does “take” books, and there are people who “help” her do so, as your...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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One issue that could be discussed in the essay is marginalization. In The Book Thief and Brown Girl Dreaming, the main characters suffer hardship because of who they are. In The Book Thief, Liesel...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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The Book Thief contains extensive examples of personification. This type of figurative language is defined by giving human characteristics to non-human entities. The most salient example is the...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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The answer can be found in Part Three of this excellent book. In it we see that Max is met by somebody who has forged papers for him and designed an escape route to hopefully get him to a place of...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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A thesis statement is an argumentative claim about a subject. It is typically only one sentence long, though in some cases two are used if needed (some teachers might not want two, though, so it...

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First, Victor quotes Hitler when he says there's no shame in wanting more. Everything he does, he does because he lives by this belief. Victor says, "'Wanting more is our fundamental right as...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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Ilsa Hermann visits 33 Himmel Street (where Liesel Meminger lives) to give Liesel a black journal. Previously, Liesel had destroyed a book in Ilsa's library. After tearing pages from the book,...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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For a sense of continuity, I will choose to discuss three scenes from part four of the book. Part four is an important section because it clearly highlights the main themes of the book: love,...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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Part 4 is an important section of The Book Thief because it is when Max first arrives at the Hubermann household. Max's introduction to the household and the friendship he develops with Liesel...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 7:03 pm (UTC)

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This is an interesting question, as I can't find any particular symbolic use of the colour red in this impressive text. What I can find evidence for is the use of blood (which is obviously red) to...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2012, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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"I have to say that although it broke my heart, I was, and still am, glad I was there." These words, spoken by Death, the personified narrator of The Book Thief, could very well have been written...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2012, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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Even though we are not in their positions, I believe that we can offer insights into the characters' actions in The Book Thief. There is a difference between "judging" and giving our own...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2015, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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By the age of 30, Markus Zusak became the author of five young adult books and has won several literary awards as a result. Though he grew up (and currently lives) in Australia, his parents are...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2012, 5:24 pm (UTC)

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The Book Thief contains several themes, but if one is chief among them it is that suffering and chaos do not diminish the beauty and value of life. Throughout the book, characters suffer greatly....

Latest answer posted October 23, 2021, 11:27 am (UTC)

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Narrated by Death, this is the story of the Nazi regime's effect on characters who live in the fictional town of Molching, Germany, in the early 1940s. Liesel Meminger is the central focus of the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2021, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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Several principal characters die in Mark Zusak's Book Thief. Due to its setting in Germany during the Second World War there is constant threats to the characters life. One of the characters who is...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2021, 11:27 am (UTC)

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We don't know for certain that Liesel and Max get married, but the strong assumption is that they do. We find out that Liesel marries, moves to Sydney, Australia, far away from all she has been...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2021, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Frau Diller, the "aryan," is a shopkeeper on Himmel Street. She is a devoted Nazi sympathizer. Her "golden rule" is that, in order to be served in her shop, people must greet her with "heil...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2021, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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The Book Thief is based on the world of Nazi Germany during World War II, as researched by the book's author, Markus Zuzak. Much of the novel takes place in the town of Molching, Germany, where the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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The first chapter of The Prologue is titled "Death and Chocolate." This chapter serves as a very brief introduction to the story. In it, we meet the narrator, who is Death himself. He is candid...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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As Death tells us, the Hubermanns live in one of the many small, boxlike houses on Himmel Street. There's something more than a little ironic about this name because "himmel" is the German word for...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 8:09 am (UTC)

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