Would you have acted in the same manner as a character in The Book Thief? Describe an event and what you would have done.

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One of the events that stands out in The Book Thief is the moment when the prisoners are being marched through town by the Nazi officers on the way to Dachau.  All the prisoners are starving and frail, and one man in particular continues to fall because he is weak and malnourished.  Hans breaks all social and governmental law to uphold moral law and offer this man a piece of bread.  The man is incredibly grateful for this act of kindness, but of course Hans is seen and both he and the prisoner are whipped.  I would like to think that I would have had the courage to act as Hans did in this situation.  Throughout the novel, Hans is portrayed as an upstanding character who acts for the benefit of his family and others before himself.  His actions in this scene of the novel are honorable.

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