It is an eye-opener into living in Germany during World War II that celebrates and explores the power of words during such a time. Collectively, The Book Thief is more than a young heroine stealing books; it will also steal the reader's heart. The Book Thief opens with and follows the candid and contemplative, first person-omniscient narration given by Death. I think this perspective sets The Book Thief apart from most other Historical Fiction accounts from the beginning. Using the point of view through Death seems fitting for the tragedy-stained setting of Germany during World War II.
Throughout the novel Liesel shows great lengths of humanity, even through the hardest of times. Zusak strategically uses the literary techniques of using symbolism to illustrate the power of words, which engages the reader, allowing a sense of hatred towards Hitler. By further employing visual elements to explore mortality, and employing Death as the narrator to portray ideas of inhumanity. Zusak enables the reader to become disheartened by the ideas of war. The powerful way in which Zusak presents these techniques, delicately teaches viewers about such a dark time in history.
They felt it was unfair. It was a forced resolution. They had not been permitted to take part in the meeting – they had just been told to sign. Many German politicians criticized the treaty and offered counter proposals and they were not considered. This is when Lloyd George felt they should rethink the treaty.
Events such as the economic collapse in Germany post WWII, the construction of the Berlin Wall, the rise of student based urban terrorism in West Germany in the 1970’s and the increasing state controls to contain such alleged threats can be seen to influence the issues explored in The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. The novel is a comment on the press and the law, the labyrinth of social truth, the collision of fact and fiction and the power of language. Böll himself experienced the press first hand and this along with the experiences of Professor Bruckner, form the basis of his criticism directed at the powerful and hegemonic structures in society, in particular in relation to the police and the press and their corrupt relationship in the novella. Many of Heinrich Böll s views and attitudes, resulting form his context, are clearly visible in the novella through the portrayal of certain characters in positive or negative lights. The historical, social, economic and political context of Böll and West Germany at this time (1900’s) had a considerable effect on the issues Böll delves into in The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum and greatly affected my understanding of the novel.
Furthermore, Kundera’s work in the narrative is constantly analyzed and questioned from a philosophical point of view (Corbett 1). However, it would be wrong to regard Kundera as a philosopher. He enjoys playing with his storylines and while analysing them rationally, he opens up an infinite way of interpreting the presented facts. Here is an example of how he plays with the storylines in the last pages of the book : “ And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line.
By limiting the knowledge of details through using different perspectives, Stevenson builds anticipation through mysterious deaths and suspicious scenes, seen through the filters of each character, but clarifies unthinkable situations with the statements. While the general plot is intriguing, the structure that Stevenson uses to express this novel gives it the power found in great works of literature. The book opens with a description of Mr. Utterson, Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer, who plays an important role as the controlling point of view. The very first sentence is used to describe Utterson’s character, stating “Mr. Utters... ... middle of paper ... ...events of the novel from the point of view of Mr. Utterson, we see them from the point of view of Dr. Jekyll, and partially from Mr. Hyde.
The classless society ideal remained as inherently flawed and never could be established given the economic climate, foreign policy goals and the various inconsistencies and paradoxes within government policy. The Volksgemeinschaft was established perhaps through perception, but through reality it remained a superficial, idealised myth towards which the German people could motivate themselves. However, if Germany remained uninterrupted by war, then it could have been possible for the Nirvana of national harmony to be established to a greater extent after this period of catharsis and thus renewal had completed. Nevertheless, once Germany went to war the fabric of the Volksgemeinschaft was torn apart.
Though he states his opinion on several occurrences throughout the book, he backs them up with credible facts. Hitler’s Willing Executioners is well written, easy to read and clearly defined. The issue is not the fact that the Germans were anti-Semitic, but rather that any human or group of humans could turn against a group of people so vehemently and so horribly. The vocabulary is somewhat easy to comprehend. Goldhagen's thesis, which he rides awfully hard, is that ordinary Germans were quite likely to be anti-Semitic because anti-Semitism, abetted by the Nazi high command, so thoroughly pervaded German culture.
The powerful and persuasive phrasing launches the story forward into the unfortunate conclusion wherein Myop steps on the face of the decom... ... middle of paper ... ...trong usages of imagery, symbolism and the impact of universal themes transcend the impermeable barriers between readers and the written pages. The quintessence of imagery and symbolism culminates within the very titles of the stories, for both contain their symbols within the names “The Flowers” and “The Red Convertible”. The titles are the final written statements the authors give the reader to ponder and reflect upon, again driving home the impact of the loss held within the pages. Works Cited Erdrich, Louise. "The Red Corvette."
It prevents people from sympathizing with Hanna or Michael or anyone else, taking a sort of detached viewpoint from their problems. This can be paralleled to the efforts of the German people towards Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or "coping with the past." In coping with Germany's Nazi history, the Germans attempted to distance themselves from it and the moral implications it presented. They tried to understand it without involving themselves in it, since involving themselves could implicate them. The one person in the book who cannot distance herself, Hanna, is still unsympathetic because everyone else distances themselves from her, making it impossible to sympathize with any aspect of her plight.