Death Marches In John Steinbeck's The Book Thief

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The Book Thief demonstrates an exceptional example of a topic told from a non-customary perspective. It is told by Death, and it follows a young German girl’s milieu throughout World War II. Liesel Meminger is forced to reside with a foster family due to her biological mother’s background. Upon arriving, many hardships are met, Liesel refuses to make a connection with her foster mother, and she cannot read the book she procured following her brother’s death, causing problems at school. But Liesel also makes a strong connection with her father, who introduces her to reading, and a connection with a young boy on her street named Rudy. Nazi control over her town, Molching, continues to grow, and Liesel obtains another book from an organized book burning. Following, the son of Han’s friend he met during World War I comes in search of support, as being of Jewish origin at the time was not…show more content…
Near the end of the book, Liesel encounters many death marches through her town, and connects with a significant one where she finds that Max has been captured. This shows the emotional and connectional side of instances where these happened, and The Book Thief does a fine job at that, yet it does not present a large information basis on death marches. This has a large part to do with the previously mentioned points of the limited point of view and direction of the story. In our class, we mentioned little to none about death marches, most likely due to the fact that it was assumed that we had learned about them in previous years, but it could also be that they just are not important enough to take the time out of the year to learn. Time is a largely valuable aspect about the class, and many things just cannot be learned. A fragment of information presented in the book, that is fairly important to the plot, just simply is not learned in class, due to assumptions, unimportance, and

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