Ardagh, Philip. "Review: The Book
Thief By Markus...
Ardagh, Philip. "Review: The Book
Thief By Markus Zusak." the Guardian. N.p., 2010. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. The
review done by Ardagh brings out clearly the events in The Book Thief. He talks
of Hans Hubermann who hides a Jew, Max Vandenburg since his father once saved
his life in the First World War when they were soldiers of Germany. Hubermann
and the wife Rosa adopted a teenager named Liesel. She, Liesel, is the leading
character of the book. The developing interactions amongst Liesel and Hubermann
together with that of Max and Liesel become dominant to the plot.
A look at the character Max, show that
he is not just a fighter in all the ways a soldier is supposed to be but also a
lover. Max is exhibited as "the struggler" though only twenty-two
years of age when he enters the story. His age appears a bit surprising, but later
we get to know that at the age of Rudy and Liesel, he was "the fist
fighter of the Jewish ." He endured starvation and hiding for two years
which required much fight and endurance. Max gets depicted as strong and tough,
a fighter he is supposed to be. However, he becomes burdened with conflicting
emotions with the most intense being guilt (Ardagh).
Symbolism is also present in the book.
Books used in the novel are symbolic. Liesel's character becomes majorly based
on the books. These books mention symbolically of resistance against the Nazi
regime when Liesel is engaged in stealing these books. It symbolizes rebellion
by the main character. Adolph Hitler, The Swastika, and The Nazi Flag express
the fear that crippled the society in the modern day (Ardagh). We might link
accordions with sharp, agony-inducing screams but in the book, it starts off as
a sign of comfort and hope.
Green, John. "'The Book Thief,' By
Markus Zusak - The New York Times Book Review." Nytimes.com. N.p., 2011.
Web. 29 Mar. 2017. In this review by Green, Death is a major character who is a
spiritual being. Death's duty involves carrying away the souls of the dead. The
major human being characters include Liesel, Max, Hubermann and Rosa the wife.
The plot mainly surrounds them. Liesel acquires the command of words to impact
people (Green). They are influenced by her character to act towards both good
and evil. Liesel endures the reign of Hitler hence Death labels her as a
"lasting survivor," as those she loves die due to the Holocaust and
World War II.
Minor characters are less talked off
and assist the principal characters in achieving the purpose of the book. They
include Paula Meninger who plays the role of Liesel's mother and puts her up
for adoption at a young age. Frau Diller is also a minor character who is
exhibited as a shopkeeper that is pro-Nazi and would never sell to a person who
is against Hitler by praise (Green). The book also contains several themes
The themes include love, war, identity
and mortality among others. The characters in the book learning to love despite
being faced with great hatred. Romantic childlike love also exists but is ended
shortly by the tragedy. The novel setting in the Nazi Germany, where simple
acts as giving a smile are seen massive kindness. Such actions could lead to a
penalty. War forms the lives of characters and influences their choices. The
Book Thief is submerged in warfare as the setting is in Nazi Germany between
1939 and 1943. Identity is a struggle in the book as almost all characters make
guiltiness a large part of their personalities. The non-Jewish characters in
the novel reject getting recognized as Nazis (Green). They are forced to forge
new identities through love, friendship, and struggle against injustice.