On Stealing

In the Book Thief  Liesel is getting pretty good at stealing. One of the times that Liesel stole she was at a book burning. As we all know Liesel LOVES books. I think Liesel is stealing books to obviously read them. Her family doesn’t have tons of money so books weren’t priority but she can get books for free when she steals them. I don’t think that this is justified whatsoever, but how is she going to read if she doesn’t steal the books? Their have been a few consequences from her stealing like when she stole the second book and the mayors wife saw her. It was a really close call and Liesel was very lucky that she didn’t tell anyone because she could’ve been in a ton of trouble.

Are Books Dangerous

In The Book Thief, the Nazi party had a book burning to celebrate Hitler’s birthday. They bring all of their books that didn’t comply with the Nazi party or with Hitler’s actions. I think that they make all the people bring these books to the book burning because they don’t want them turning against them or to see what they are doing to these innocent people. I think that books in these types of cases can be dangerous for certain people, like Hitler at the time could probably lose power because his people were reading the truth about what he was doing.

The Book Thief So Far

Quite honestly I really enjoy this book so far. It was a little hard to get through in the beginning but, I really enjoy all the descriptive words that captivate you and make you want to read more. Sometimes the words that are in German are really hard to pronounce and I honestly could take like 20 minutes trying to pronounce those words, but I really like how the author put those German words in to really take this book to the next level and I feel like it makes me understand the character more. I think that this book is really good so far and I can’t wait to read more

 

What Would It Be Like

If I had to be a foster child, I would be feeling so many emotions. Liesel was also supposed to have her brother so that transition would’ve been easier because she would’ve had someone there. Liesel has lost so much, and at such an early age is really sad, but she’s really lucky that she was put with such an amazing foster family. But this must’ve been a really traumatic experience for her, she saw her dead brother, buried him and then her mom left her with a strange family whom she had never met before. Liesel took the whole transition so well and started bonding with her new family. That change would’ve been hard for me, and I probably wouldn’t have taken it as well as Liesel.

What I Look For In A Good Character

I personally look for a lot of qualities in a character before I can determine if like them. When a character is well developed, I find that I can relate to them more. I sometimes get really emotionally attached to a character, and feel like i’m walking in there shoes and am apart of the story. When I don’t feel a connection to a character or the character is just boring I don’t see the point in finishing the book. I like books where I can really get into it and really relate to what they are saying, sometimes that’s not the case and the book isn’t really worth reading.

Stories Don’t Always Have Happy Endings

This topic is really important. Most TV shows, books, and movies show that everything has a happy ending, but not every story has a happy ending. In the book we are reading, A Monster Calls, Conor’s mum isn’t doing well and her treatments aren’t working how they wanted them to. So Conor’s dad says “Son,” his father said, leaning forward. “Stories don’t always have happy endings.” I think that Conor’s dad is preparing him for the worst outcome, although there is a chance for Conor’s mum to survive, the chance is slim to none. And he needs to make sure he’s making every day with his mum last.

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Belief

Belief is very important. The dictionary says belief means an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. We have believe every day and it can be a small thing like believing that you can get through a school day, but we are always believing something. To stay true to your beliefs, you have to have hope and courage to believe in yourself and in others. In the book, A Monster Calls, Conor believes that his mum is going to pull through, and beat her cancer, but I think that he knows deep down that she isn’t going to make it.

Dads

I really do think that dads are portrayed very unfairly in stories. I know that I have a great relationship with my dad and I am glad that I do. In most books, the dad is either dead, remarried, or just rude. But not all real life dads are like that. Obviously you have the occasional horrible dad story, but its not how all dads are. In the book our class is reading, A Monster Calls Conors dad is visiting Conor from America. Conors dad is remarried and has a baby at home. This easily distracts him from being with Conor fully. You can tell that he is trying his best but Conor is making it really hard on him, and I can’t blame him. I think that Conor feels betrayed, like he just left and forgot about him. I know I would so I don’t think that Conors dad is an absolute jerk, but he still has some room to improve as a dad to Conor.

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“He Was Without Imagination”

In the story “How to Build a Fire” by Jack London it says “He was without imagination”. I think that this means that a man without imagination, cannot survive. Just like in the story, the man didn’t survive. I think if the man had more of an imagination, he could’ve thought about the possible outcome and prepared for the trials. The man faces many problems while he is out in the cold, I believe if he had more of an imagination he could’ve survived. I know when I face trials I think about the outcome and usually prepare for what will happen

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“There Is Not Always A Good Guy”- The First Tale

If the story doesn’t have a clear good guy, or bad guy, what is the point of telling this story? In the real world there is no good guy and bad guy. So, with this I found there is a lot of use in these kinds of stories. Stories where there is not a good guy or a bad guy helps us relate to real life. Everyone makes mistakes, that’s what makes us imperfect, and human, so there are no absolutely perfect good guys, or really bad guys. Like in the book, A Monster Calls he said that we are all in the middle. We all have lessons to learn, and we are always improving.

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