What are some quotes about bravery/courage in the Book Thief?

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The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak , is a young adult novel written about World War II and the Holocaust. In the story, a young girl named Liesel must live with foster parents after her brother dies. These foster parents help hide a young Jewish man named Max....

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The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, is a young adult novel written about World War II and the Holocaust. In the story, a young girl named Liesel must live with foster parents after her brother dies. These foster parents help hide a young Jewish man named Max. This story has many themes including the themes of bravery and courage.

One quote from this book that is about courage is:

At school, Rudy made a special point of seeking Liesel out during the breaks. He didn't care that others made noises about the new girl's stupidity.

This quote in Chapter 8 when Liesel is at school. Liesel is an interesting character because she steals books before she knows how to read, she has no education, no friends, and no real family. Despite her lack of education and proper manners, Rudy Steiner believes that Liesel deserves to be treated kindly. He becomes somewhat of her sidekick and the two become great friends. Rudy is courageous because he does not let the differences between people interfere with his relationships. Rudy is Liesel's friend even though she is different and not well-received at the school, a brave thing for a young person.

Another quote from this book that is about bravery and courage is:

In 1933, 90 percent of Germans showed unflinching support for Adolph Hitler. That leaves 10 percent who didn't. Hans Hubermann belonged to that ten percent.

This quote is in Chapter 10 and is discussing Liesel's foster father, Hans Hubermann. During the time of World War II, many people were frightened into believing that Hitler's choices were acceptable. Hans Hubermann is determined to believe his own morals. Because Hans is not exceptionally noticeable, he is able to hide a Jewish boy in his basement. Hans also gives food to Jewish prisoners. He believes in the importance of believing in the good, in doing what is right. As stated in the quote, this is not often a common thing because most people are not brave enough to stand up for what is right if it means going against the majority. Hans is a brave, humble, and kind role model for Liesel—his bravery influences her life tremendously.

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Max and Liesel are two characters who demonstrate bravery.

If they killed him tonight, at least he would die alive.  (The Struggler, Continued)

I chose this quote because I think it demonstrates perfectly Max’s personality.  There are so many examples of Max’s courage.  He left his home so that he could be the one person in his family to possibly live.  He made the difficult journey to find a safe place to hide.  He walked outside at night during air raids, just to get a taste of freedom.  When he was captured, he responded with grace and courage.  Max is a symbol of bravery.

She was a girl with a mountain to climb. (The Joy of Cigarettes)

Liesel was brave in so many ways, but her steadfast desire to learn to read and her love of books are a thing of beauty.  She steals books from bonfires and the mayor’s wife.  She struggles through learning to read, and nothing else matters to her.  Liesel, of course, demonstrates other types of bravery.  Her quick thinking in pretending she was hurt, for example, so that she can get a message to Hans to hide the Jew in basement before the Nazis can check there, is a good example.  A close second to her desire to learn to read against all odds is Liesel reading aloud during air raids and bombings.  She used her love of books to bring bravery to everyone there.

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