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What are some example uses of irony in the novel 'The Book Thief'?

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kate-bambridge | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2011 at 12:43 AM via web

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What are some example uses of irony in the novel 'The Book Thief'?

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cjd223 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 3, 2012 at 4:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Here are a couple that I've thought of:

1. How Himmel Street means 'heaven' in English, but was completely destroyed by the bombing.

2. Rudy's father refused to send him to the school for Nazi training (to save him from entering the war), but ended up leading to his death because Rudy died during the air raid that destroyed Himmel Street.

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bel-bel | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM (Answer #2)

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Rudy always wants Liesel to kiss him... and she finally does, but not till he is dead

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mtennisgirl11 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM (Answer #3)

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Liesel surving the bombs in the basement, and the basement was determined "not deep enough" to be a bomb shelter 

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maybelle-joy | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM (Answer #4)

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Hans Hubermann was borded to Stuttgart again.

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dtownenglish | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 6, 2012 at 2:33 AM (Answer #5)

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Death narrates a story about survival.

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