Misery and grief want to spread and infect others. When you’re arguing why do you keep arguing? Feelings spread, like when you are happy it can make others happy. Conor was just a student at school and then things happened to his mum, and then everyone figured it out and put it all on him. Then Harry makes him invisible, but Conor does want to be seen, but all the intention he has been having because of his mum. The monster wants Conor to see things that can help him improve and see things in a new way. After all of this stuff happening he wants to be punished so everything can seem balanced out.
Earlier in the book it talked about there not being a good guy. Everyone has their flaws because nobody is perfect. We believe in things all the time. What we “know” we also believe. When someone throws that stuff away then you giving up on things you “know”/believe. The parson is a religious man and he threw away so much of what makes us human. People argue over stuff they “know” or believe because they believe it is true. Conor believes his mom can be healed, but others seem to believe/”know” that she will die. Conor doesn’t want her to die, and nobody else does.
The monster said that there is not always a good guy. Maybe he said this because nobody is perfect and their intentions aren’t actually the good choice. Maybe the monster wanted him to have the story so he could do what he wants with what he heard. Maybe the monster has a specific intention to help itself instead of having Conor be helped in his sad life. Maybe the monster will use Conor as his puppet. Stories can be used to do more than just teach lessons, they can twist others into doing something they wouldn’t really do. The monster could be using him.
What the movie did well: The movie was good at showing how life was like in Germany during the war. The also did music from the accordion well.
What the movie did poorly: They left out a lot of scenes that truly make the story, like Max being a boxer and him dreaming of beating up Hitler, Liesel and Hans drinking champagne, Rudy and Liesel helping to steal food, Rudy and Liesel stealing food from a kid riding on his bike, and many others.
Ways the movie was like the book: They had Max leaving his family for safety and other few scenes that are key to the story. The personalities of the characters were about the same as the ones in the book.
Ways the movie was not like the book: Didn’t have all the scenes from the book that made the story. It had the stuff to show the story, but it didn’t have the stuff that really made the message of the story.
When hard times come I just keep going because I know there are good times to come. I survive hard things by listening to music, eating, doing fun things with my family and friends. I haven’t had to many “hard times” in my life. When hard times come you need to look for the good feelings you’ve had and keep going because you want to feel the good again. I like to have fun so I try to always have fun, even when I have had a hard day. I like to play with my two youngest siblings because they are little kids that always try to get what makes them feel happy.
I think that the positive really did outweigh the negative in this story. Yes it is a sad story, and yes it swears a lot, but I thought it was a good book and was worth it to read it. When bad things happen, like when pretty much everyone Liesel knew got blown to smithereens, there can still be light after all the shadow and bad. I did not enjoy all the swearing, and the sadness was, well, sad. Mr. Green chose a good book for us to read, and I think that he should keep doing this book for Popular Literature.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 400
Context: “Soon she was standing outside a little-used back entrance to Renegade Headquarters, where deliveries were made and foreign dignitaries were brought inside when they were worried the tourists and journalists would make too much fuss over them.”
In their words: It means a person considered to be important because of high rank or office.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 232
Context: “‘Or anti-prodigy zealots who would love to get their hands on a kid who can wipe out superpowers,’ added Adrian.”
In their words: The word zealot means a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 217
Context: “Adrian was both nervous and exhausted as he reached the mezzanine floor over the main lobby of headquarters.”
In their words: The word mezzanine means a low story between two others in a building, typically between the ground and first floors.