Source: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan Page 231
Context: They are talking about the destruction of an animal to bring down a great power
Quote: “But there is power in killing innocence. Terrible power.”
This makes me think: I’m not sure why I picked this one it’s not like most people get cosmic abilities from shooting a random old lad on the street. However something about this seems to be something most writers agree with. In Harry Potter you have to kill in order to make a Horcrux. And then in this book I found it as well. I think the reason most people think this is because most of us are distraught and disgusted about killing something innocent so we as humans have to have a reason for someone to do it.
Source: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan page 230
Quote: “We’ve been anticipating a huge and dangerous monster, but…”
Context: At this point in the book they’ve been looking for an animal that can destroy the foundation of their society, but then they see this cow-eel thing that isn’t harmless at all and realize that that’s what they were looking for. Even though it couldn’t hurt a fly.
This makes me think: I think that the most dangerous things in our life are probably everyday things we don’t think about. Even though it might be that we could get burnt down in a fire, or shot in a war, the most likely thing to kill us is probably the cars we see on the freeway, or the people around us (science says that 1 in some small number of people are psychopaths.) But we still need to remember that we can still be friends with these people and drive our cars.
In The Book Thief Max Vandenburg writes a story about liesel called the Word Shaker. In the story Max uses a lot of symbolism. In the story he talks about a big tree, an idea, which nobody can chop down. But, one day, a man comes into the town and finds the girl who planted the tree sitting in the branches. They talk and she chooses to come down. In my opinion it shows how she had an idea the she chose to share with other. When she is climbing down the tree she decided to share her idea, but when she is on the ground and the tree topples it is when other can understand her idea and grow that idea. I think this applies to our life because it shows how we are the only ones who decide what to do with our ideas. We can share them, or let them be destroyed.
In “The Book Thief” we see that Liesel has the secret of stealing food and book, and Hans and Rosa have the secret of hiding Max. Are all these secrets good for them, and what could the effect be of them. Well the obvious one is that when Rosa and Hans are hiding Max if they get found their entire family will sent to Dachau but what might the affect of Liesel’s secrets. I think that Liesel could potentially get caught by Rosa and get a good beating because she didn’t share. I don’t think that the extent of Liesel’s secret is going to be that bad but once again I think that Rosa and Hans are in some pretty hot water.
Source: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Page 216
Context: “Not interested in semantics? ”
Dictionary Definition: the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and subbranches of semantics, including formal semantics, which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics, which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics, which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.
When in the Book Thief Death tells us that Rudy “didn’t deserve to die the way he did.” Do we believe that he is lying or that he is telling the truth. I believe that Death is not a liar. Because, when we think about Death we realize that he is an outsider, who has nothing to gain from lying to us. He also claims that the ending is not important but rather the “Machinations that wheel us there.” I think that yes the machinations that wheel us there are just as important if not more than the ending, because it shows us how we and the characters have changed.
In the Book Thief there is a scene where Max abandons his family with his friend to go with his friend and save himself. I think that this situation is a matter of philosophy. People might think that it was wrong and Max should have pressed for his mother, aunt, or siblings to be taken, but instead he takes himself. I think that because Max was a young able-bodies young man it was right for him to do this. Especially when we see later on in the story it torturing Max as he wonders if he did the right thing.
Liesel Memminger is a pretty good thief. She has yet to get caught while stealing and has taken some pretty good stuff. The problem is that Liesel isn’t always stealing from the people that have enough rather than the people with way too much. In the time when she is stealing fruit from the orchard the man is not like the priests and Otto Strum. He is just like her. In need of some food and nourishment. In the case off Otto Strum she is justified because she is taking from someone, when her family is doing all that they have to sustain themselves. In other cases however, she is not justified.
I believe that books are certainly dangerous to a dictatorial rule. Books are able to give people an opinion about something the dictator is saying. In the Book Thief she steals a book called “The Shoulder Shrug” that had been burned by Nazi officials. She wonders why the book was burned, when she realizes that the protagonist is a Jew who is portrayed in good light. If you are a dictator you definitely don’t want your people doubting what you are telling them. Books have the power to sway minds, and as such are an enemy to dictatorial rule, because they offer the people a chance to doubt what their leader is saying.
Source: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Page 177
Context: There was the funeral, and Bruno and Gretel and Father and Mother and Grandfather sat in the front row, Father wearing his most impressive uniform, the starched and pressed on with the decoration.
Dictionary Definition: stiffen fabric of clothing with starch
Ammon Definition: harden and make nice, with cloth