How could Liesel Meminger from "The Book Thief" be described? What does she look like?

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Liesel Meminger is the protagonist of The Book Thief. She is described as having German features, such as blonde hair, but eyes that are "dangerous" because they are dark. She is nine years old and has lost her father, and later she loses her mother and brother. She is the foster child of the Hubermanns, who treat her with gentle kindness.

Liesel could be described as brave, kind, and wise well beyond her years. She experiences terrible things living in Germany during the war, including witnessing death and profound human cruelty. She finds solace in her friendship with Max, the Jewish man whom Hans Hubermann is protecting in order to repay Max's father, who protected Hans in the Great War. Liesel and Max in particular share a love of literature.

Liesel is strong and challenges the status quo, motivated as she is by a powerful sense of justice and morality. She protects Max and keeps herself safe from the clutches of Nazism, and she empathizes with the voiceless and oppressed in German society at large. She is frustrated and angry at Hitler and the war's grave injustices. She stands up for herself and cares deeply for the people in her life: Hans, her foster father; Rudy, her best friend; and Max.

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At the beginning of The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger is a nine-year-old girl when she is taken to live with the Hubermanns. She looks German with "hair that was a close enough brand of German blonde, but she had dangerous dark eyes" (p. 31). Dark eyes in Nazi Germany were dangerous because they did not comply with the Nazi ideal of a perfect Arian race. This is how she physically stands out and is another way to show how she really doesn't fit in with the German mentality. Liesel is also described as being undernourished and rarely smiling. Liesel grows up throughout the book not only physically but mentally as well—she has to in war-torn Germany.

Liesel is a kind-hearted character who steals books because she loves them so much. She is resilient and stubborn. She stands up for her beliefs. This is seen through her opposition to the Nazi Regime. She steals books from book burnings by the Nazis to learn how to read, and along with the Hubermanns, Liesel aids in hiding Max Vandenburg, a Jew, in their basement.

Liesel looks German enough to be accepted by the Nazis, but in contrast, she does not fit in nor does she want to adhere to the ideals. The latter part is shown through her strong personality and actions in the book.

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First of all, it's important to know that Liesel looks relatively German. The quote mentions that her hair is barely the right shade of blonde, but, she is blonde. She has light skin and light hair, and this is likely one of the things that allowed her to flee to the Hubermanns for safety and to get away with so much and survive the difficult time.

We also know that she is relatively small. We are told that by thirteen, she still hasn't really reached puberty, and we see that she is small enough to be an excellent thief. She is most likely very skinny because of the scarcity of food, and we know she is fairly athletic because of descriptions of her playing games with Rudy and the other kids.

Her personality could be an entire second answer. She is determined and a little rebellious, she has a strong personality and a deep love for books. She is resilient and has put up with so much throughout her life. She is kind, as we see in her relationship with Hans and Max.

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Liesel could be described as resilient. Over the course of The Book Thief, she shows a great capacity for survival; she can cope with anything. When we first meet her, she's riding the train with her mother and brother, the latter of whom dies in her arms. Her brother's death gives her nightmares, but she's able to soldier on with her life.

Being resilient means Liesel is also adaptable, especially for a ten-year-old child. When she goes to live with the Hubermanns, for example, she adjusts to her new surroundings quickly and grows close to Hans, who essentially becomes her surrogate father. Hans also teaches her to read. Because of her lack of education, Liesel was assumed to be unintelligent, but her dedication to reading shows how faulty that assumption was.

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In The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger is described as a young girl on the verge of adolescence. Born in 1929, she is around 10 years old at the start of the war in 1939.

Her physical appearance is relatively important, as Nazi Germany was a society that rewarded certain types of physical characteristics and punished others. 

Her hair is blonde—"a close enough brand of German blonde."

In the context of her story, it seems that the author is showing that she doesn't quite fit in, even though her hair is an acceptable color.

Another description of her appearance in the book is of her smile. It is described as a "smile that was starving." Considering her situation, and the constant risk her foster family endured while hiding Max, she didn't have much of a reason to smile. But every once in a while, whether it was in conversation with Max in the basement or in other moments, she was able to let her emotions show. 

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