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What is the climax of The Book Thief?

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nnieder | Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM via web

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What is the climax of The Book Thief?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM (Answer #1)

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The climax of a story is the moment of greatest emotional intensity, when we have been led to a high point through the rising action to a significant moment of suspense. In this novel, the climax comes at the end of the novel when Liesel's world is literally blown apart by a bomb raid, and all that she knows and everybody that she loves (almost) is killed:

In the space of a few minutes, all of them were gone.

A church was chopped down.

Earth was destroyed where Max Vandenburgh had stayed on his feet.

Death is shown to move around all of the people, friends and family of Liesel, claiming each one of them. However, Liesel is saved because she was in the basement of her house, and thus she is pulled out to face another day and does not meet Death ultimately at this point in the story. She is left to be looked after by the mayor's wife and to be reunited with Max at the end of the tale.

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