English II GT
August 22, 2011
1.) "Papa's bread and jam would be half eaten on his plate, curled into the shape of bite marks, and the music would look Liesel in the face. I know it sounds strange, but that's how it felt to her. Papa's right hand strolled the tooth-colored keys. His left hit the buttons. (She especially loved to see him hit the silver, sparkled button -- the C major.) The accordion's scratched yet shiny black exterior came back and forth as his arms squeezed the dusty bellows, making it suck in the air and throw it back out. In the kitchen on those mornings, Papa would make the accordion live. I guess it makes sense, when you really think about it.
How do you tell if something's alive?
You check for breathing.
The sound of the accordion was, in fact, also the announcement of safety. Daylight." page 38 The Book Thief
-"Death" first gives the reader an explanation concerning the true importance of the accordion and the role that is has to play in the life of Liesel here. Albeit indirect, this pioneering explanation gives the reader their first identity of the accordion and how it became an integral part of the story.
-The tone used by Markus Zusak portrays a carefree and serene environment while around the accordion. The image of perfect contentment and jubilation is easily seen in this passage. It is Liesel's escape from the cruel and tormented world that pervades her life. The accordion is Liesel's lullaby; it brings her to a place where she no longer exists as the book thief, only herself.
-The accordion is personified as a living creature by the narrator and in doing so fills the chasm left behind by the untimely death of Liesel's brother. It brings Liesel back to the days where no worries invaded her mind and peace was all she knew. 2.) "She saw it but didn't realize until later, when all the stories came together. She didn't see him watching as he played, having no idea that Hans Hubermann's...
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