He begins rather ominously, stating the fact that "you are going to die. One such girl is the main character of the novel, nine-year-old Liesel Meminger. Liesel's father was taken away because of suspicions that he was a communist.
A dystopia is an imaginary place, also situated in a particular time or place, but which is socially, morally, and politically terrible, a state in which people are dehumanized, oppressed, terrorized, or completely dominated. While these are imaginary places, all societies display some characteristics of both.
Find and discuss utopian and dystopian moments throughout The Book Thief.
Is there a connection between the two? Are they dependent upon one another? Some were victims, others were perpetrators of evil and injustice, and many others who chose to take no action were bystanders.
Among them, however, were rescuers or upstanders who acted against the evil and injustice they saw around them.
Describe the roles that characters in The Book Thief fit into, and how they came to play each role.
What qualities did the characters possess to fit into these roles? Did some characters play more than one role at a time?
Did they change roles? Focus on personality traits, where the characters fit in the upstander triangle, whether they perceive their world as more utopian or dystopian, and their perspectives on the power of language.
How are these characters important to a core message theme that Zusak expresses through his novel?Sep 09, · Liesel, the orphaned protagonist of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, steals a total of nine books throughout the novel: The first is The Grave Diggers Handbook, stolen .
The Book Thief was published as Young Adult novel. Don’t you believe it. Don’t you believe it. This is a wonderful novel, appropriate for adults of /5. Apr 14, · Read Common Sense Media's The Book Thief review, age rating, and parents guide. Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany. Read Common Sense Media's The Book Thief review, age rating, and parents guide.
This is a stunningly beautiful novel of a girl living in Germany during the holocaust, suitable for both teenagers and adults to read 4/4.
Power of Language. One option: In The Book Thief, words have the power to both destroy and save lives. Examine how characters in the novel (for example, Liesel, Max, Ilsa Hermann, Hitler, Rosa and/or Hans) use words to destroy and to save.
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The most notable thefts, of course, are of books, earning Liesel the nickname of the “book thief.” Initially she just steals what she finds, like the book she takes from the book burning held in celebration of Hitler’s birthday.