Humanities
The Book Thief Essay Question

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I’m studying for my English class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

What is Zusak, therefore, saying about the power of the written word?  What power does language bring to Liesel, and what does Zusak intend to suggest about the power of language as a whole?

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Final Answer

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ISBN: 978-0-375-84220-7)

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, 

some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story 

of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager 

existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. 

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her 

stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man 

hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Ayush K (219)
Purdue University

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