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Jade Ablitt Introductory Post: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is about the life of a girl named Liesel and the events that lead up to her becoming the person she is. It is narrated by Death to symbolize that Death is everywhere but gives us a look into how Death thinks and what he feels. At the beginning of my read Liesel’s mother abandoned her when the mother could only save Liesel and her brother died in front of her young eyes. The author gives us a lot of detail when Death gives his insight like “A SMALL THEORY... People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment... Waxy yellows, cloudy-spat blues, murky darknesses.” This small passage tells us that there is more than meets the eye in this book with just a beginning. It is telling us to keep our eyes and minds wide open to the small details that lead up to the events that are to come.

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Jade Ablitt Reviews: The Book Thief is definitely a book that I have a look at more than once in my life for the insight it offers. The motifs it looks at are of isolation, Death (In more than one way), individuality, and standing up for what you believe in. Max (A jewish child hiding in Liesel’s family basement) is completely isolated and is on the verge of Death with every passing moment. The time he struggled to survive was during the cold harsh European winter hiding in Liesel’s basement after a fun day of making a snowman. This shows how the silver lining in life never lasts long. Max is a truly believable character always trying to keep his spirit up and never forgetting who he his. He writes children’s stories that show his life. The first one was “The Standover man” where he compares himself to a bird (Liesel tells him he looks like a bird) and Liesel is the best standover man because she shares her kindness with him. The 2nd powerful story he wrote was “The Word Shaker”. It first goes on about how Hitler was the first person to figure out the power of words and planted evil words into the world where everyone followed those words. There were also people who picked these words from the trees called Word Shakers. But one of them didn’t follow the way the others thought. This person is similar to Liesel and she meets a person who is persecuted (Max equivalent). She helps him and later plants the seed of kindness with words shared between the two of them. That tree grew taller than any of the other trees. Hitler felt threatened and he started to chop at the tree and hiring anyone who could bring the tree down. The Max like character returns to help cut the tree so he climbs to the very top to see the word shaker. He speaks with her and tells her that everything will be alright if the tree comes down. When they both get off the tree the cuts and injuries to the tree appear and the tree falls taking a good chunk of the evil forest with it. At the end the Wordshaker and the tree cutter live a life happily together. This is very symbolic of the true meaning of the book because Liesel and Max see each other after the war where Max survives being captured by the Nazis. Max even in his toughest of times show that he will stand up for his individuality and defy death even in his moments of isolation.

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