The Book Thief Significant Passages Assignment
“You are going to die.”
This passage is at the very beginning of the novel when the narrator is introducing the topic of death.
This passage was chosen because throughout the entire book the characters are tragically dying, especially at the end after the bombing. We see everyone that Liesel associated herself with die, and this one haunting sentence foreshadows the events. This statement makes it known to readers that death, is basically inevitable and that there will be a great deal of it in the text. The passage contributes to the work as a whole because it focuses in on one of the major themes in this novel, death. It uses death as a unifier, conclusively…
Liesel could see it on her face. Blood leaked from her nose and licked at her lips. Her eyes had blackened. Cuts had opened up and a series of wounds were rising to the surface of her skin. All from the words. All from Liesel’s words.”
This passage takes place right after Liesel scolds the Mayor’s wife for firing her mother from the cleaning job.
The passage chosen is another truth to both real people and the characters in the novel. Prior to the beaten down look on Ilsa’s face, Liesel scolded her for laying her mother off, this scolding clearly hurt her. The fact that just a simple set of words made her feel so terribly reveals another theme in the story, words can hurt. Throughout the entire story words had an effect on various characters whether it be Liesel, Max, Papa, or Mama, the list could go on. This passage made me personally want to think about what I say before I say it and that should be something others try too.
“ I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like? I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I…