What question could I focus on when doing a comparative essay of The Book Thief and The Lovely Bones?
I really need direction, the brainstorm of ideas included: the affect of guilt, or the belief of feminism, or identity, but I would love to here other suggestions. Also, it must be a theme based question.
The theme of death comes to mind for both of these books. Each protagonist reacts to death in their own way. The Book Thief uses Death as the point of view. In The Lovely Bones, we see death and Heaven differently than most Christians believe in. The depiction of death could be a compare and contrast point.
However, I think you could make a strong point at the duality of humanity as a theme. Both books focus on the brutality and beautifulness of mankind. For The Book Thief, the bruatality of mankind is best demonstrated by the atrocities of WWII and the treatment of the Jews. In The Lovely Bones, the brutality of the sexual assault and killing of Susie Salmon is an obvious comparison to the actions of the Nazis with their Jewish prisoners.
Despite the harshness and brutality provided in each book, the authors of both follow with an array of examples of the beautifulness of mankind. In The Book Thief, Max, a Jewish boy, is hidden in the basement to avoid the Nazi regimen despite the risks the Hubermanns would have surely suffered if Max's discovery ever came to be. The Lovely Bones gives Susie the opportunity to discover love with Ray as she takes over Ruth's body.