What is the moral of The Book Thief?

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The moral is usually one of the themes that the author has put in the book and the lesson that he/she wants you to learn from studying the novel. In this book, there are a number of things that you could grasp from it. The major one is the effect of words and propaganda on people throughout the novel. Learning to read brings Liesel closer to the understanding that Hitler's propaganda is the root of his power and the reason why her mother, father, and brother are dead. Max, who understands well the effect Hitler's propaganda has had on his race, helps impart this lesson through his allegorical story "The Word Shaker." Throughout the novel, Leisel realizes the impact of words on her life and how manipulative they can be on people. As a result, the author wants us to learn how much power words and propaganda can have on people. 

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