The Book Thief Anti Hero Study

NB: As this book takes 50 years to read, I have not yet finished it, however I feel I know enough about to start a report about it.

The thing that stands out to me in most prominent anti hero texts is death. From what I have found there is usually some death and/or destruction.The book thief is narrated by death. Bit of a no-brainer really.

Has death ever not been a villain? In all circumstances, death is an unwelcome geezer. Even when somebody begs for death, and feels it necessary to speed up his encounter with said death, death is always blamed, like he stole something. No matter if a humans soul is handed to him, he stole it. End of.

The book thief changes the way people think about death, as him narrating demonstrates he is doing the most important job on earth, that he isn’t happy about it but he has to do it. Death saves people, people long for death, imagine no death? The world would be a much gloomier place, and would be full of useless 800 year olds…

This mixed view about him automatically slots him in the pretty much endless list of anti heroes. Some argue he does good and find comfort in his hands, many argue he does pure evil.

Death, like many other anti heroes, feels that he has a different, or sometimes higher viewpoint of all things. Death sees things everyone else can’t see. This is common of an anti hero. Some see ghosts, some see visions in dreams, or have people communicating with them inside their head. Death just sees everything, with unbiased eyes, he describes his unbiased eyes as being able to see rainbows in the colour grey. He looks at everything like they are colours, this is another difference that the character has to humans.

Riffs and Licks

Diary entry:

Dear Diary

Today was a boring day. So when I got home I quickly made myself some toast but then a wretching smell filled the room, I had burnt the toast. I rubbed my hand across the bristley texture of the toast, it felt like the surface of the least I imagine. Next, I turned on some distorted music (distorted due to my faulty ageing CD player) and threw off my heavy, rusty, black school shoes. I then decided to eat the toast I had burnt previously which wasn’t a good idea because my mouth filled with an ashy like taste. I spat the toast out Lastly I went to bed and that was what happened today.


The bread made its descent down into the toaster, with no flickering knowledge of its own fate. I was to find out 3 minutes later when a wretching smell filled the room, making non wretching smelly particles scramble and separate. The smell engulfed all space it could. After retrieving the offending blackened article from its destroyer, I rubbed my hands against the thick layer of Luna bumpy rock the bread had acquired. The smell then engulfed my entire being as I made an adventurous mistake of attempting to consume it. My mouth felt like ash and subsequently tried to relive itself of the self inflicted agony.






Futility Analysis

The poem “Futility” is a war time poem written by Wilfred Owen in 1914, and is one of the first and most famous war poems ever written. It is therefore a very traditional war poem that is centered around the harsh feelings that are unraveled by the horror of war, such as grief and hopelessness. The poem is very raw, which is demonstrated by the narrator dwelling on the sun, crop fields, flowers, snow and the earth. This sense of rawness awakened in “Futility” is very common of a war poem, “Futility” has no decoration yet has an enormous amount of context that surrounds it.

Futility’s narrative is the narrator expressing grief that the sun can not wake up a dead soldier, having done that for all of his life, both at home and in France.  Owen is despairing with the sun, despite the exuberating power and heat it beholds, the sun can still not wake up one man lying down facing towards it. Wilfred Owen is expressing his anger and despair with war by indicating that it even destroys the sun’s powers.

Futility evokes feelings of anger and regret within me, because I feel like war has been glorified as the allies won it, however reading poems like this is very humbling and reminds me that, for the soldiers, war was pretty much the same no matter what side you were on.

Essay Re write

Harper Lee uses this passage to present Miss Maudies views about Maycomb by adding biblical traditional Christian ideas and values that give light on Miss Maudies characters and overall moral compass.

Harper Lee draws a lot of attention to Miss Maudies religeon because it helps to represent Maycomb better. Maycomb like every other southern state is very religeous and ms maudie being christian shows the community cohesion that  exsists in maycomb

The Different Ideas About Social Class

In the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee there are many different ideas about class that are portrayed through characters. These ideas are a symbol of each character’s entire moral compass, and can often be linked to real life icons. Here are three characters positions on social class:

Aunt Alexandra : Aunt Alexandra holds quite an old fashioned view of social class and shows this by not letting her nephew and niece play with Walter Cunningham just because he is of a different and lower class than she is. ‘And I still say that Jean Louise will not invite Walter Cunningham to this house’ and ‘because he is trash’ both indicate animosity towards the Cunninghams. The use of the word ‘trash’ shows that Aunt Alexandra believes that the Cunninghams do not deserve the Finches precense. This only accounts for people on whom she is at a social height over, and it would be interesting to see how she would find Jem and Scout playing with a child of a higher class than there’s. For Aunt Alexandra class is based around many things and can rarely be changed.

Jem- Jem however disagreed with Aunt Alexandra, he says that class is only based upon how well and when your family started to read and write. He tells Scout that he doesn’t think it is right but it’s the only possible explanation for the class system and why exists

You can tell more about someone from how they speak than what they say.

You can tell more about someone from how they speak than what they say. Words are universal. Anyone can repeat any word or phrase they are given, use any set of words they hear. Whereas, every humans face is different, so everyones facial expressions when talking are different. A happy expression on 1 persons face is hugely different to another’s happy face! You can tell a lot more about how they perceive the words that flow from their mouth, if they are passionate about the words they say, whether they are paticularly disheartned or upset about what their talking about.

Another form of understanding the character of a human is the tone of which they communicate. The phrase ”That’s bloody brilliant” for example can be said in several ways. For example someone could be genuinely happy or excited at an happening, that would sound entirely different from someone who said that in a dry, sarcastic tone. This in turn would sound much harsher and be said much slower than someone who was upset and yet being sarcastic.

A final form of finding out more about the speakers personality, is by their hand and body movements. Hands that are moving quickly and sharply can indicate excitement, anger or frustration. This can also signify about if the person is more dramatic. Some people could say the same things and feel the same way, but not move their bodies!

To KP or not to KP

Well… to Kevin Pietersen or to not Kevin Pietersen, that is the question?

First, let’s go on stats alone:

England wins without him: 3 (7 losses)

England wins with him in last two years: 34 in all formats (12 losses)

The stats tell a story, however biased that story maybe. Whether it was right or wrong to drop him, the whole affair was handed very poorly by the ECB, and to be fair, a lot of media outlets…as they do! However, that is really what they are there for. After a long time of vague reasons and media speculation. Whatever they said to Kev, it was not particularly democratic. The main reason the ECB gave for him being sacked was:

“To help change the dressing room atmosphere, however we thank Kevin for his services to the England Cricket Team”

So in other, less political terms; He is unmanageable. Obviously Kevin’s made some mistakes, more publicized than other England players I should say, and I’m sure the ECB aren’t the only ones who are displeased with his general attire.

To counter that, there is the simple fact that:

They worked with him for 9 years already. He is not unmanageable at all.

To be continued…

Film Review: Fire in Babylon

Director: Stevan Riley

Starring: Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Deryck Murray, Michael Holding and Gordon Greenidge.

Fire In Babylon is a documentary, directed by Stevan Riley, which consists of stock footage and interviews of the legends of West Indian cricket. The legends that dominated all International cricket for the best part of 20 years. The legends that were not born legends, yes… those legends.

Waddling through the 1970’s,through the racism, the rough, but sprinting, true West Indian style, through the great success’s of the next 20-30 years. The shear number of clips from this era is immense, famous to unseen.  The sporting footage in this documentary is just the half of it. The interviews contained so much insight into what it was like going through the immense rollercoaster of power the West Indians went through.

Covering the infamous Kerry Packer, Tony Grieg and the Racism Row, Fire In Babylon is completed by the interviewing of the opponents. Seeing how and hearing how Sir Ian Botham, Tony Grieg and co felt about being thrown into face the dark horse of the cricketing world. Then hearing what they had to say after being beaten 4-0 at home…

The editing of the footage of the interviews and the stock footage was smooth. Although this wasn’t the biggest blockbuster of the year, it is one of it’s kind and a great stepping stone for children and kids who want to get into cricket.

How Weakness Can Become Your Strength In Sport. Version 2


In sport, the main objective is to succeed in what you specialize in. In Amateur sport, the way you do this is often by talent or by pure skill over the opponents .In professional sport, however, it’s more about margins of error, the little things you do wrong, but mostly, confrontation. Confrontation, whether this be by sledging an opponent, or by going out of your comfort zone. When being attacked or confronted, the player doing so will always be looking at your strengths and weaknesses as a competitor. In sports like cricket and football, teams pay money for opponents to be analysed, to try and get an upper hand when coming up against them. One example of someone being analysed, would be, a footballer, people like Messi, get analysed all the time! What foot they use, signature tricks, stuff like that. This is an anylsis.

The one problem for me in this, is that everything gets a little mechanical. Thinking and common sense goes out the window. An example would be, the England cricket team playing South Africa last Summer. At that time, there was a lot of hype going on in the media about it being the no.1 series, as whoever won would go top of the world rankings. As a consequence of this there was a lot of analytical work put in to each South African batsmen about where they we most prone to getting out to, where their comfort areas were. The 1st test was played at the Oval cricket ground in London. The bowlers knew there plans right away, but didn’t make use of the natural resources around them. Great swinging conditions that could of taken the wickets of the under prepared South African batsmen were not utilized as the bowlers bowled in areas that had troubled the batsmen in the past in different conditions and different circumstances.

On this occasion the South African batsmen prevailed and England’s hopes of winning the match were left in shatters by Hashim Amla scoring a mammoth 311* as South Africa romped to victory securing the No.1 spot in the world rankings. In my opinion there are at least 4 nautral conditions or times where circumstance comes before talent or skill and weakness.

One other thing England didn’t take notice of was that the margin of error for some of the targets were very short, and that batsmen can adapt too. A great example of this would be Graeme Smith. Through out his career he has be shown to be tentative outside his off stump. He is a human, and has a brain, so he quickly worked out that he could cut off he angle be moving outside off stump then hitting through leg side. Although these are professional sportsman, they do have some margin for error. An example would be Joe Root, his weakness is just on his legs, but the margin for error is quite high, the angle carries the ball further down the leg side, he can leave it for a wise or easily flick it for 4.

Another example would be when Andrew Strauss faced Australia in 2010/2011 .The Australians were aware of his so called ‘Weakness’ against Spinners so they put Xavier Doherty and Michale Beer on, both inexperienced left hand spinners with a notable lack of any track records. These two din’t get any purchase on the Adelaide track, which is usually very responsive, and Andrew Strauss batted for 4 hours. The problem of this was that the new ball in Australia is very important and when they bought the spinners on in the 16th over, they used up an nautral swing, which was a key bit in Australia’s downfall. England amassed 620-5.

Also, going around the county circuit is this philosophy about comfort zones. The standard philosophy is simple really. The more you come out of your comfort zone, and confront more challenging situations, the more your comfort zone will expand. Another way of putting is your stretch, and skills , your most important is your stretch as the more comftorable you are streching, the more you can add to your armoury.

By  Henry Howeld

10 Words i didn’t never know before.

Treason: In law, Treason is the crime that covers more extreme acts against someone’s nation. Sometimes it is used when a leader of a nation/movement/cult is killed or attacked.

ZAPU: Is the Zimbabwean Africa People’s Union which was lead by Joshua Nkomo was Robert Mugabe’s main opposition for the  first Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.

Unilateral: Means done by or affecting only one person, group, or country involved in a situation, without the agreement of anyone else outside their party/group/hub.

Comply: Is to act or agree to the rules often set in place by a person higher in the hierarchy.

Disparities: Means a significant difference, this could be opinionated or comparing items/objects.

Guerrilla: Guerrilla warfare is way in which a small group of combatants such as armed civilians use military tactics to help them beat one another. This could be against different groups or the Military, and is often found because of ethical/racist views.

Chauffeur: A chauffeur is a person employed to drive a passenger car or limousine , often underlining wealth or fame in the passenger.

Propaganda: Propaganda is a form of advertising a point of view. Aimed towards influencing the attitude of the community, that are often not there to experience it, by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda statements are often exaggerated.

Beguiling:  Means charming or enchanting, often in a deceptive way. It links with guile which means clever or crafty.

Pediatrician: Means a doctor that treats children, babies and teenagers.