Monday, February 28, 2011

Imagery in The Book Thief


After reading Part three complete the following post.
 As you read, images come to mind because of the vivid nature of the words. Describe one image that you felt was quite strong in the work and then give the quote for this image. Now discuss why this image impacted you. You may also use a picture from the internet to reveal a symbol that you found in the quote.
Finally, discuss how this image has helped to develop theme in the work. Choose a theme and discuss the relevance of your imagery to this theme.

22 comments:

  1. The words that came to life to me, that struck out, that made me read over again to see the perfectly disgusting image, was " To your left, perhaps your right, perhaps even straight ahead you find a small black room. In it sits a Jew. He is scum. He is starving. He is afraid. Please- try not to look away."( Enter The Struggler pg. 138) This image impacted me in such a great way because I can see me searching, I can see the dark room and then suddenly, I see this Jew man look up scared and starving. Even though it is harsh you just can't help to look away. This book reveals a theme in the work of death, agony, poverty and discrimination all of it scary to think of but yet you just can't help to keep looking. Picture - http://www.zchor.org/LINKSHOA.HTM

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  2. I felt like the accordion was a strong symbol of hope and comfort. When Liesel begins reading to the people on Himmel Street during the air raids, she feels like she's giving them what Hans gives her when he plays the accordion ; a distraction, comfort, and hope. When Hans leaves for Essen, he leaves the accordion behind. For Rosa in particular it becomes a symbol of Hans himself. When Liesel sees her holding it ever night, but never daring a note, she realizes how much Hans means to her foster mother. When Liesel finds the accordion in the destroyed Himmel Street after Hans died, it's a symbol of loss.

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  3. The image that came to mind during this conversation between Liesel and Rudy on ( The Attributes of Summer pg.152)was 2 desperate souls caught in poverty. "Liesel- are you sure? Do you still want to do this?" " Look at the barbed wire, Rudy. It's so high" "No no look, you throw the sack on. See? Like them." "All right." "Come on then!" "I can't!" hessitation. "Rudy, I-" "Move it, Saumensch!" This image impacted me because it's hard to imagine kids that need to steal to eat when it is so easy for us. The image describes the theme of the book because it shows the effects of poverty on the youth, as there willing to steal for food. Picture - http://www.alfoart.com/images/golden_tree/golden_tree.jpg

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  6. The image that I remember the most is when Liesel and Rudy were stealing apples from a farm. It made me feel the rush that Liesel and Rudy were feeling and how desperate they were to get food.
    *** TWO DEBUTANT APPLE THIEVES, WHISPERING ***
    "Liesel-are you sure? Do you still want to do this?" "Look at the barbed wire, Rudy. It's so high." "No, no, look, you throw the sack on. See? Like them." "All right." "Come on then!" "I can't!" Hesitation. "Rudy, I-" "Move it, Saumensh!" (Page 152)
    This shows the theme of the book because of how desperate living in Germany at that time must be like and what the poor do for food. The image I used is from http://iamachild.wordpress.com/category/witkowski-karl/ named Sercets. This is why this qoute stayed with me.

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  7. The image that stands out the most for me is the image of the towns people standing around the Bon fire for the book burning and celebration of German pride and the Fuhrer Adolf Hitler (Zusak108). This is a very intense and exciting part in the book because it shows how loyal the German people were becoming to Hitler and the severity of what they were willing to do in his name. I believe this scene comes to mind because of the fact that it describes the German uprising and the fact that it was a huge inferno which is a symbolic element to what Hitler was planning for Germany’s future.



    http://www.ushmm.org/lcmedia/photo/wlc/image/alpha/bb160.jpg

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  8. When reading part 3 the images were vivid and strong. They seemed to lead off the page as you could see them as if you were there. There were two different incident that did there. The first one is where death starts talking about the Jew in a room and this is what he saw "theres a man sitting in a dark room, it was the best place the decided. It was hard to find a Jew in the dark. He sat on his suit case waiting. How many days had passed. he had only eat the foul taste of his own hungry breath for what felt like weeks and still nothing " page 139. Another possible case of the imagery would be death talking again but this time about Leisel seeing the mayor’s wife. This is what was said "the mayors wife had let the girl in four times now, she was sitting at the desk, simply watching the books she gave permission for Leisel to pull one out and go through it, witch lead to another and another, until a half dozen were stuck to her, either clutched beneath her arm or among the pile the was climbing higher and high in her remaining hand." Both example were good examples of image one showing to how a Jew would be out cast to hide in the dark and the blanklessness of the mayor’s wife to the books but Leisel’s dying urge to read and touch them.

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  9. In part three of the Book Thief some images that come to mind are very vivid and strength. The image that comes to my mind was when Rudy and Leisel where stealing fruits and vegetable. The image that comes to my mind was a very poor and poverty ridden place where the majority of the colors are shades of grey.

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  10. In part three one image that came to my mind is when Liesel and Rudy are back at the farm stealing fruit. “Christ!” shouted Arthur. “The farmer!” It was his next word, however, frightened. He called it out as if he’d already been attacked with it. His mouth ripped open. The word flew out, and the word was ax.

    Sure enough, when they turned around, the farmer was running at them, the weapon held aloft.
    The whole group ran fror thye fence line and made their way over. Rudy, who was farthest5 away, caught up quickly, but not quickly enough to avoid being last. As he pulled his leg up, he became entangled.
    “Hey!”
    The sound stranded
    The group stopped.
    Instinctively, Liesel ran back.
    “Hurry up!” Arthur called out. His voice was far away, as if he’d swallowed it before it exited his mouth.
    White sky.
    The others ran.
    Liesel arrived and started pulling at the fabric of his pants. Rudy’s eyes were opened wide with the fear. “Quick,” he said, “he’s coming.”(Zusak 165)
    This quote displays the fear of being caught.

    http://tinyurl.com/4cmcla3
    The link I have selected represents Rudy before he falls from climbing the fence.

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  11. The image I remember from this book is the book fire when all the Hitler’s children marched to the big pile of books and had to watch them burn. The fire was really big and very warm. I know this because it says, “The heat was still strong enough to warm her when she stood at the foot of the ash heat” (Zusakpg120). I saw the image when I was reading and that was the first thing that popped in my head when I read what I had to right for this blog. Another image came into mind when Rudy was running down the track covered in charcoal. That was pretty funny image that came into mined (Zusakpg56, 57). The theme for the two images is death and joy. Death is foe the books burning and joy is when Rudy runs down the track and wins.

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  12. In Part 3 the two images that come to mind stronger then others are the book burning bonfire for the celebration of the German pride, and the Jew sitting in the dark room. For the book bonfire Hilter's Youth had to march to the bonfire and watch the books burn"At the end of the marching, the Hilter Youth divisions were allowed to disperse. it would have been near impossible to keep them all together as the bonfire burned in thier eyes and exciting them."(pg. 108) At the beginning of that quote you feel bad for the children becuase they are watching something fearce and then you find out it excites them and it changes your whole train of thought for this event. The other image that struck into my mind was the Jew sitting in a dark room."He sat on his suit case, waiting. How many days had it been now? he had eaten only the foul taste of his hungry breath forwhat felt like weeks, and still, nothing."(pg 139)

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  13. The imagery in part three made me feel like i was actually there. It was so vivid and detailed, so I could actually picture what the people looked like in your head. For example on page 159 when the auther says," With a clean-shaven face and lopsided yet neatly combed hair, he had walked out of that building a new man." When you read the above quote you can actually picture the guy walking out of the building. Also it wasn t just on every other page or every now and then it was every page that made me feel like i was actually there. The words practically lept of the page and kept me intrested in the book and made me want to keep reading. The use of imagery in part three was very good, strong, and made the book come alive.

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  14. The image that impacted me was when Liesel got the wash from the mayor’s wife, Ilsa Hermann and Ilsa stood there in the door like a stiff board. This image stayed in my mind because you can see the transformation that happens to Ilsa throughout the chapters. She starts out strict and just gives her the wash everyday, but as time progresses she loosens up and becomes more friendly and invites Liesel in to read some of their books.
    "The mayor's wife, who never spoke, simply stood in her bathrobe, her soft fluffy hair tied back into a short tail. A draft made itself known. Something like the imagined breath of a corpse.”

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  15. The image that stands out to me in part three is the Rudy and Liesel steal the apples from the farm. “He pushed her toward the fence, threw the empty sack on the wire, and they climbed over, running toward the others. Rudy made his way up to the closest tree and started flinging down the apples”. This image stood out to me because now a days people wouldn’t contemplate on doing such thing. Reading that made me feel grateful for being born in the time I was. I had a lot of empathy towards the kids. To think about that and knowing there wasn’t enough food to feed their families made me put myself in their shoes and think about what I would do in that situation. On the cover of the Novel it reads “BRILLIANT and hugely ambitious.... It’s the kind of book that can be LIFE CHANGING. I believe that is true.

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  16. Part three contained many images, and all were vividly memorizing. As I was reading them I seemed to be off the edge of my seat, and I felt as if I was in the book. The image that impacted me the most is when Liesel, Rudy and the rest of the group stole the apples from the farmer. “ Sure enough, when they turned around, the farmer was running at them, the weapon help aloft.” Also on the same page further down Rudy’s pants got stuck. “ Far off, they could still hear the sound of desertign feet when an extra hand grabbed the wire and reefed it away from Rudy Steiner’s pants. A piece was left on the metallic knot, but the boy was able to escape.” (Zusak Pg. 165-166) This part of part three was very intense and kept me wanting to read on.

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  17. alot of images come to mind when reading Part 3. One image that i felt was strong was when Papa found out about the book Leisel stole. Then he did not punish her for stealing, instead he tells her to keep any secrets that he tells her. "...Are you going to tell Mama?" "About what?" ...She raised the book."this." "Why would I?" "Because I stole again" "Of course not, Leisel. You are safe." "So what are you going to do?" ..."This is our secret, this book. We'll read it at night or in the basement, just like the others-but you have to promise me...If I ever ask you to keep a secret for me, you will do it." (Pg. 127) I think this image will develop a plot later in the story.

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  18. In part three, when Liesel went to the Mayor's house and the Mayor's wife showed her the library, I had an instant vision of The library in Beauty and the Beast. It made me nervous at first because I thought that Liesel was going to be in trouble for stealing the books, so when she entered the library, I felt instant releif and I thought it was powerful and enlightening that the Mayor's wife felt for her. Liesel loved the experience.
    "At first, she walked home dazed. The surreal experience with the roomful of books and the stunned, broken woman walked alongside her. She could see it on the buildings like a play."

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  19. In part three theres a lot of images come to mind when reading. One of the images that i felt was strong was" To your left, perhaps your right, perhaps even straight ahead you find a small black room. In it sits a Jew. He is scum. He is starving. He is afraid. Please- try not to look away."(pg.138)It just kinda help make the reader see what the Jews went through, and makes fell sorry for the people that had to go through this.

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  20. Part three had some very intense imagery. Most of which I could perfectly see what the reader was trying to pursue. However, one piece impacted me alot more than the others. This piece was " 'Jesus, Mary...' She said it out loud, the words distributed into a room that was full of cold air and books. Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. It was barely possible to see paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen.

    With wonder, she smiled.

    That such a room existed! "

    (The Mayor's Library pg.134)


    This imagery impacted me because Liesel, unlike almost every other teenager was so interested and so amused with just a book store. We, being Canadian Citizens see books almost every day of our lives, never mind libraries! On an everyday bases I pass the Port Colborne Library, not even thinking anything at all of it. It's just a library, their just books, right? No. Not to Liesel, she sees much more than just books, she sees an enormous amount of escapes from her tragic life. She sees a bunch of stories to take her away from what she's going through. She sees an amazing site when she discovers books. However not us, it's just an everyday thing. That is why this impacted me, this quote, because we are so lucky for everything, that we don't notice how much we take things for granted.

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  21. The part that made a strong image come to my mind is when Liesel and Rudy were having second thoughts about going over the fence into the farmers crops. *TWO BEBUTANT APPLE THIEVES WHISPERING*"Liesel- are you sure? Do you still want to do this?" " Look at the barbed wire, Rudy. It's so high" "No no look, you throw the sack on. See? Like them." "All right." "Come on then!" "I can't!" hesitation. "Rudy, I-" "Move it Saumensch!". This was the part that impacted me because it shows how these young children have to steal fruits and vegetables so they wont be starving anymore.

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  22. In Part three there’s a lot of images that come to mind but there not all as strong, as the image of the Jew hiding in the dark room. "To your left, perhaps your right, perhaps even straight ahead you find a small black room. In it sits a Jew. He is scum. He is starving. He is afraid. Please- try not to look away." (Page 138) this image lets me see how bad it was for Jews during the war and what they had to do in order to Survive.this man probably doesn't know what day it is or if it’s even safe to go outside. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_V0ayxff2A54/TUvhkQjrT6I/AAAAAAAAAko/8uMV17iE9cM/s1600/dark-room-light-through-window.jpg

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