November 15 2018

The Power of Words

What I think the word shaker allegory from Max’s sketchbook means is the tree is Liesel’s happy place where she can talk freely and say all the words she wants (hence the name “word shaker”). Towards page 400 she is starting to speak really freely about things are going for Germany and her opinions on the Fuhrer, and it’s getting really dangerous for her own good. Max is starting to see this so he climbs up the tree to get her off her high horse. When the tree falls down it’s Liesel’s choice to give in to what she needs to do and what Max is telling her to do for her safety. The way the tree falls down and makes a path through the forest represents (in my opinion) how she can still have her opinions, but she doesn’t have to tell everyone about them.

I think that words are really important to define a character. This is super obvious because who wants to read about someone who’s dead (sorry Stan Lee). But words can be very important mostly for making people see the way you see, or the other way around. I think it’s really good how people interact among each other, or else whoever speaks will ultimately hold all the power, and Hitler would probably never be stopped. the en馃叡

 

November 15 2018

Word Nerd Number 2.5 – Penchant

Tanka

Source:

Between the lines page 125

Context:

People tell me I have a聽penchant for speaking my mind, so maybe it’s about time that I tell you something.

In Their Words:

    • pen路chant
      /藞pen(t)SH(蓹)nt/
      noun
      1. a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
        “he has a聽penchant for聽adopting stray dogs”
        synonyms: 聽 聽 聽liking,聽fondness,聽preference,聽taste,聽relish,聽appetite,聽partiality,聽soft聽 聽 聽 聽 聽spot,聽love,聽passion,聽desire,聽fancy,聽whim,聽weakness,聽inclination,

        聽 聽 bent,聽bias,聽proclivity,聽predilection,聽predisposition

        聽 聽“I have a penchant for small dogs”

In My Words:

A habit of liking something

In Pictures:

November 15 2018

Word Nerd Number 2.4 – Tanka

Tanka

Source:

Between the lines page 107

Context:

I’m also into studying classical forms like tanka, which I really like.

In Their Words:

    • tan路ka1
      /藞t盲NGk蓹/
      noun
      1. a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.

In My Words:

A Japanese poem that goes 5-7-5-7-7 and is supposed to create a mood or picture in the reader’s head

In Pictures:

November 15 2018

Word Nerd Number 2.3 – Armada

Armada

Source:

Between the lines page 107

Context:

“Dawn, dripping with dew, floats down to the grassland at the foothills, like an聽armada.”

In Their Words:

    • ar路ma路da
      /盲r藞m盲d蓹/
      noun
      1. a fleet of warships.
        “an armada of destroyers, minesweepers, and gunboats”
        synonyms: fleet,聽flotilla,聽squadron,聽navy

        “the world’s largest armada of warships”
        • a Spanish naval invasion force sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588. It was defeated by the English fleet and almost completely destroyed by storms off the Hebrides.
          singular proper noun:聽Armada; singular proper noun:聽Spanish Armada; noun:聽the Armada; noun:聽the Spanish Armada

In My Words:

A group of ships

In Pictures:

November 9 2018

You’ve Got a Friend in Rudy

What is a hellion? I really like Rudy as a character. Much more than Liesel, in fact. He has all the things that I look for in a good character. He doesn’t just let things happen to him like Liesel and Hans. He acts on his problems in a good way (most off the time) and he gets things done. I have already finished the book, so I don’t really have any predictions about Liesel and Rudy being together. Let’s just say they both die. Oh wait sorry. I guess that was a spoiler that you knew from the start.

November 7 2018

Word Nerd Number 2.2 – Anecdote

Anecdote

Source:

Between the lines page 9

Context:

I want you to write a small story or聽anecdote from your childhood, and write about it in a paragraph or two.

In Their Words:

    • an路ec路dote
      /藞an蓹k藢d艒t/
      noun
      1. a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.
        “told anecdotes about his job”
        synonyms: story,聽tale,聽narrative,聽incident;聽More

        • an account regarded as unreliable or hearsay.
          “his wife’s death has long been the subject of rumor and anecdote”
        • the depiction of a minor narrative incident in a painting.

In My Words:

A short story that can sometimes be funny

In Pictures:

November 7 2018

Word Nerd Number 2.1 – Anthology

Anthology

Source:

Between the lines page 7

Context:

Well, these are all the poems by last year’s class. I took them all down at the end of the year and turned them into an聽anthology.

In Their Words:

    • an路thol路o路gy
      /an藞TH盲l蓹j膿/
      noun
      1. a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing.
        “an anthology of European poetry”
        • a published collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album.
          synonyms: collection,聽selection,聽compendium,聽treasury,聽miscellany;

          archaicgarland
          “an anthology of American poetry”

In My Words:

A collection of things that people have written

In Pictures:

November 5 2018

A Little Light in the Darkness 馃挴

I wouldn’t know how to find light in the darkness because I sleep with a nightlight. Also I’m in the middle class and I have no problems whatsoever. Hypothetically if I did have problems, then I would probably just give up and curl up in my bed with my Uniqua from The Backyardigans plush doll and cry with my butterfly nightlight until I fell asleep. In The Book Thief, Liesel finds light in the darkness from giving Max hypothermia and having fun while doing it. This is really great because now she can reflect on her decisions while watching one of her friends die a slow and painful death.