Like all of the main characters in The Book Thief, Liesel struggles in many different ways throughout the story. One main struggle she endures is her fear of losing those she loves.
At the very start of the book, she loses both her little brother and her mother, events that devastate her and continue to be a struggle for her to deal with for much of the book. Once adopted into her new home, Liesel struggles to please the Hubermanns, especially Rosa, who is uncomfortable showing the girl affection or praise. Once Max is introduced into her life, Liesel has to cope with the constant fear of losing him and whatever other dire consequences would result from his being discovered by the Nazis. Hans Hubermann, whom Liesel quickly becomes very attached to, must leave to serve in the army. And of course, at the story's tragic climax, she must endure the losses she so feared when almost all of people she cares about are killed, including her best friend Rudy.
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