The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak Essay

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In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote,“I am haunted by humans” (Zusak 550). Being narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a novel about an orphan, named Liesel Meminger, who moves in with the Hubermanns in Himmel (Heaven) Street. While she is there, she plunders books from libraries and book burnings during the horrors of World War II. Liesel Meminger’s desire to read helps her deal with the incidents around her and gain insight about the power of words, while her insecurity helps her create connections with the beneficent people.
Besides stealing and reading words, Liesel Meminger made constant bonds with people. Moving from place to place and relying on people who ends up leaving her made Liesel not able to trust anyone as quickly as
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Although her insecurity drove off many people, it allures the people who have the patience to help her. They never left her intentionally like the other people previously in her life. Hans, Rudy, and Rosa took the time to actually know and love the real Liesel. Living with these people has made her prosper as a reader and a person. She learns how to read books from Hans Hubermann, which would change her perspective of life. Rudy teaches her how to truly love someone else, and Rosa helps expand her vocabulary and how to detect love when shown in different ways.Therefore, the people that loves Liesel also helps her. Unlike the people before, these were the people who were there when she was in trouble and was there to help her succeed. These were the people who left Liesel distraught when they died.
Today, many of us cannot imagine how life was when Hitler was dictator of Germany other than that it was abhorrent and scarring. To help herself deal with these events, Liesel read books. Her desire to read helps her forget about these events for an amount of time. Even if it was a short amount of time, she enjoys it. She then discovers the power of reading. Liesel realizes that words can take anyone away from where they are to some other place and make the person forget about the events that are happening around them:
By page three, everyone was silent but Liesel. She didn’t dare to look up, but she could feel their frightened eyes hanging on to her as she hauled

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