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Liesel Meminger is only nine years old when she is taken to live with the sa and Hans Hubermann, Max Vandenburg, Rudy Steiner, and Mrs. Hermann? Discuss how Liesel's relationship with Rose changes by the end of the novel. School for the Arts and Humantities Random House · Marketing Department · Rudy Steiner from The Book Thief -- If you like books with Nazis and sadness This picture describes the relationship of Max Vandenburg and Liesel Meminger. She uses words to develop relationships with her foster father, Hans The main characters Liesel Meminger, Rudy Steiner and Hans Review of: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak It seems sometimes like the market for.
His lack of support for the Nazi party becomes problematic as the story progresses. Rudy becomes Liesel's best friend, and eventually falls in love with her, always trying to get a kiss out of her. Max Vandenburg A Jewish fist-fighter who takes refuge from the Nazi regime in the Hubermann's basement. He is the son of a WWI German soldier who fought alongside Hans Hubermann, and the two developed a close friendship during the war.
He has brown, feather-like hair and swampy brown eyes. During the Nazi reign of terror, Hans agrees to shelter Max and hide him from the Nazi party. During his stay at the Hubermanns' house, Max befriends Liesel, because of their shared affinity for words.
He writes two books for her and presents her with a sketchbook that contains his life story, which helps Liesel to develop as a writer and reader, which, in turn, saves her life from the bombs.
She entered depression after the death of her only son in the Great War. Ilsa allows Liesel to visit and read books in her personal library. She also gives Liesel a little black book, which leads Liesel to write her own story, "The Book Thief". Paula Meminger Liesel's Mother Liesel's mother is only mentioned in the story a few times.
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Liesel's mother met the same fate as her father, but Liesel eventually realizes her mother gave her away to protect her. Throughout the novel, the deaths of prominent characters reaffirm the presence of mortality. Because the novel takes place during World War II, death and genocide are nearly omnipresent in the novel. Death is presented in a manner that is less distant and threatening.
Because Death narrates and explains the reasons behind each character's destruction, as well as explains how he feels that he must take the life of each character, Death is given a sense of care rather than fear. At one point, Death states "even death has a heart," which reaffirms that there is a care present in the concept of death and dying. As symbolic elements, they provide liberation and identity to the characters who are able to wield their power.
They also provide a framework for Liesel's coming of age.
In the beginning of the novel, she obtains a book at her brother's funeral, one that she is unable to read. As the story progresses, she slowly learns how to read and write because of the tutelage of her foster father Hans. At the end of the story, her character arc is heavily defined by her ability to read and write. The development of her literacy mirrors her physical growth and strength developing over the course of the story.
Language, reading, and writing also serve as social markers. The wealthy citizens in the story are often portrayed as owning their own libraries and being literate, while the poor characters are illiterate and do not own any books.
The Nazi burning of books is also represented in the novel.
Symbolically, Liesel's continuous rescue of the books the Nazis burn represents her reclaiming of freedom and fight against being controlled by the Nazis.
Liesel overcomes her traumas by learning to love and be loved by her foster family and her friends. In the beginning of the novel, Liesel is traumatized not only by the death of her brother and her separation from her only family, but also as a result of the larger issues regarding war-torn Germany and the destruction by the Nazi party.
After that, he paints the story on them. In the book, the pages are printed as Max drew them. The Whistler Max fantasises about a boxing match between him and Hitler.
He does this nearly every day, but he loses most of the time. Liesel, who starts to bring newspapers with crossword puzzles for Max to solve, provides another distraction. This together with Max writing new stories for Liesel provides the family a certain sense of happiness.
Meanwhile, Rudy has a tough time in the Hitler Youth because he stood up for a boy with a chronic inflammation of the ear. One day, Liesel discovers a new project Max is secretly working on.
Over time, it gets so bad that Hans and Rose fear that they have to get a doctor or let him die, but eventually he gets well.
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During his illness, Liesel brings him little presents thins she finds on the street and reads The Whistler to him. After this scary period, another one arises when the Nazis decide to check all the basements in town to find safe hiding places for possible bomb attacks, after a rising number of them in the rest of Europe. Miraculously, Max is not discovered and the basement is disapproved as safe. Later, the sound of sirens is heard for the first time in Molching, and Liesel, Hans and Rosa leave Max behind as earlier discussed while they head to the approved basement of an other family.
It turns out to be a fake round, so people return to their houses, but shortly afterwards the sirens are heard for a second time, this time for real. In the basement, Liesel starts to read The Whistler out loud, which calms the others. Later it is decided that Liesel will read out of the book for two times a week.
Than a parade of Jews marches through Molching on their way to the nearby concentration camp. An old men falls and Hans offers him a crust of bread. One of the guards beats both him and the man up for doing that. Shortly afterwards Max leaves, and Hans is scared that the Nazis will come and get him for being friendly to Jews, but when the Nazis come, it is for Rudy. At Christmas she and Rudy break into his fathers clothing shop where Rudy puts on a suit and Liesel laughs at him for doing so.
Her prayers are answered when Hans gets an accident and is sent home. Near the end of April, Hans returns. The Book Thief Michale Holzapfel commits suicide in July because he feels guilty that he is alive and his brother is not.
Another group of Jews comes marching through the village and Liesel goes to see it and check if Max is part of the group. Until now, that never happened, but this time she sees him. She tries to get to him and walk along, but gets dragged out and beaten up by the guards. She tells Rudy everything about Max and also that she is in love with Max. In the middle of the night, she starts to write in the basement while the rest of Molching sleeps.
This saves her life because, while she is writing, the entire village is bombed while everyone is asleep until there is no one left but her. When she leaves the basement she sees the ones she knew and loved lying dead and mutilated around her. Eventually Nazis take her away but she loses the notebook in which she wrote her story.
The last colour Death tells that years has passed since that day and that Liesel Meminger had died a very old age, in a suburb of Sydney. He also tells that Liesel was adopted by the mayor and his wife, how Alex Steiner returns and opens his store again, where Liesel starts working.
In Octobera man with swampy eyes, feathers of hair and a clean-shaven face walked into the shop, turning out to be Max Vandenburg. As Death takes Liesels soul, he brings her back to the streets of Molching where she used to play football as a kid.
He gives her the little notebook he always brings with him.