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“Even death has a heart.” (The Book Thief, pg 242) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book of death, love, and survival. There is the death of a friend, love of a parent, and survival of those who can take it. World War II was a devastating period and many did not have the mental strength to survive it. The Book Thief is about Liesel Meminger and all her accounts with death and how she coped with it, how she survives it all through words. The book is narrated by Death, and throughout the book, he adds in his own input at times. The Book Thief makes you realize the power that words can have, you just have to pay attention to them.

The Book Thief takes place in another time period. A time where words are the power. Hitler rules with words, and this book makes you realize that. I liked how this book made you realize how powerful words can be, especially when people are so vulnerable. Hitler formed a whole nation by using his words to claim power and convince people that there should be a superior race. Hitler began the genocide of the Jews with his words. Words are a very powerful weapon at times. In the book, Liesel uses the words to calm her at times, and help her remember. To help her remember the past. To help her remember her mother and her brother. Books have different significant meanings for her, but the first one has the most meaning of all. The Grave Digger’s Handbook stands for the time she last saw her brother and mother. It reminds her of the graveyard, the snow, and the train, but the book seems to make the nightmares more bearable because it provides a memory. Even when Liesel hasn’t learned how to read yet, still, the words calm her. I don’t think that Liesel stole just for the fun of stealing when she stole books. When Liesel stole books, it was not just because she needed something to read, it was because she wanted a reminder, some sort of a memory. The words in books calmed her. I feel that words meant something to Liesel;

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