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In The Book Thief, color is linked to the complex and ambiguous nature of human morality. Colors are associated with beauty, goodness, and positivity in the book, but are also associated with...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2021, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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From part 1 of the novel, we have the following quote, which describes a nightmare that Liesel has: She would wake up swimming in her bed, screaming, and drowning in the flood of sheets. In this...

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Zusak posits several messages in The Book Thief, most prominently the message that humans have the capacity to be resilient and compassionate. Throughout the novel, the characters are faced with...

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Liesel steals the following books (in the following order): The Grave Digger's Handbook: Liesel steals this training handbook on grave digging when she finds it lying in the snow at the funeral of...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2017, 2:26 am (UTC)

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In Zusak's The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger learns that when someone in her life dies, there will be someone else there to pick her up. She also learns that life is full of dark and light moments,...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016, 10:30 pm (UTC)

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Rudy is Liesel's first friend on Himmler Street and remains her closest friend throughout their childhood. Though he is seen as "a little crazy" by their neighbors, he and Liesel form a fierce bond...

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Rudy and Liesel are like brother and sister in the fact that they spend a lot of time together; any time outside of their homes is spent in each other's company. As a result, they know each other...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2009, 7:54 am (UTC)

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The lives of Liesel and Max are similar in that both have been traumatized by loss by the time they meet. Those losses have made them wary, but they understand that they cannot survive on their...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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Death's response to this question is metaphorical. He's not actually saying that if you look in a mirror, you'll see death and know how his face looks. Instead, the exchange goes deeper than...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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The narrator, Death, is an interesting fellow. Many times when he is about to pick up a soul, he describes what the sky looks like at that exact moment in time. Since Death picks up many different...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2016, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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I would argue that Death finds Liesel’s life fascinating because of the way she lives it and because of her inquiring mind. She provides a breath of fresh air in a world of darkness sullied by...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Rosa is often stern with Liesel, but her generosity is shown from the beginning just by having opened her home to the girl. At numerous points, Rosa suggests, primarily through small gestures, her...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019, 1:37 am (UTC)

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Liesel responds with disbelief and intense grief when Werner dies. When Liesel’s little brother dies, her first reaction is shock. She wakes up and sees that he is dead. For Liesel Meminger,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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The Book Thief is a novel written by Markus Zusak. This book is the story of Liesel Meminger and her experiences during World War II. This story takes place in January of 1963 in Germany—more...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019, 6:38 pm (UTC)

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The setting for The Book Thief is a sad, bleak neighborhood on Himmel Street. Himmel Street is located in the fictional town of Molching, Germany. According to the novel Molching was located...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012, 2:04 am (UTC)

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Understand that in a novel the size of The Book Thief, there can be several conflicts happening at once and even multiple conflicts for the same character. The most overarching conflict in the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2011, 1:58 am (UTC)

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One of the most significant themes of The Book Thief is the importance and power of literacy. While words can have a negative impact on the world (such as when Max observes that Hitler used Mein...

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In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel Meminger, the protagonist, has a complex relationship with Frau Ilsa Hermann. Liesel meets Frau Hermann, the mayor's wife, while picking up and dropping...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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Markus Zusak is an excellent wordsmith when it comes to using figurative language in his writing. In The Book Thief, figures of speech pop up everywhere. There are so many throughout the book that...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2017, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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The rising action in The Book Thief begins when Death sees Liesel steal her first book after her brother dies. This sets into motion a chain of events that has Death watching over her and taking an...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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Max Vandenburg is a young Jewish boy in the novel The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak. Max lives with the Hubermann family in their basement and is in hiding from the German soldiers. Although...

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One example of figurative language in Part Three is "Perhaps it was her first realization that criminality spoke for itself" on page 126. This is an example of personification, or giving something...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2017, 2:28 pm (UTC)

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One instance of a flashback is when Liesel is sitting with her adoptive father, Hans Hubermann, crying. The narrative flashes back to an episode in which Liesel's father tells her to get back into...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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What is so inspiring about the acts of courage depicted by the characters in The Book Thief is that all of them are motivated, not by rebellion or self-preservation, but by love. All three members...

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The atmosphere on Himmel Street is one of desperation and severity. Death says Himmel Street's name is contradictory and whoever named it must have had “a healthy sense of irony.” This is because...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016, 4:43 am (UTC)

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It is possible that Zusak chose a personified Death as the narrator of The Book Thief to comment on the overarching tone of the times. Set during World War II in Germany, the novel explores the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2010, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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As a character in The Book Thief, Death is a keen observer of the natural world and is particularly interested in the ways that the environment indicates novel events, as well as the expected daily...

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Liesel first discovers a book called The Gravedigger's Handbook when her brother dies, and she holds onto the book until her foster father, Hans Hubermann, teaches her how to read it. Hans and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2017, 11:10 am (UTC)

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This quote is from the fable "The Word Shaker," which Max has written as an allegorical picture of the Fuhrer and how he has attempted to control the people of Germany by planting words of his...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012, 2:47 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Max Vandenburg is a Jewish man who hides in Liesel's home. His father protected Hans, Liesel's foster father, during the First World War, so Hans tries to keep Max safe from the Nazis even though...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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I think one of the most clear passages that demonstrates Rosa's love for Liesel comes at the very end of the chapter entitled "The Gamblers (A Seven-Sided Die)" when Liesel returns home without the...

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The Book Thief ends with the Himmel Street bombing, which kills everyone Liesel has ever loved. When the smoke clears, Lieself discovers that both her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, and...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018, 9:06 pm (UTC)

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Death considers war a lot of work. Death never gets a vacation. During war, he has to work a lot of overtime. For Death, the start of World War II means a lot of extra work. It was a cool day in...

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This is an interesting question, as the future of these two characters is never specifically disclosed to us. What we do know is that in the penultimate segment of the novel, Max and Liesel are...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011, 8:07 pm (UTC)

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Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak changes as a result of her experiences in several ways. The book opens with Liesel's dad being taken away because he is a suspected Communist and...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 6:34 pm (UTC)

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The climax of any book is the most intense and exciting part of the story. Most novels follow the same pattern: an introduction or exposition, the rising action, the climax, the falling action, and...

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Two examples of figurative language in Part Two of The Book Thief are: 1) Oxymoron: An example of oxymoron occurs on page 56 in Part Two, A Girl Made of Darkness. She may have waited 463 days,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2017, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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In short, Liesel loves Rosa, Hans, and Max. Liesel loves Rosa and Hans as mother and father figures. Liesel loves Max as a friend; however, this friendship grows into romantic love due to them...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Death introduces himself first of all in Zusak's The Book Thief. If the narrator himself can be taken as a foreshadowing, then one could obviously predict that there will be many people dying in...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016, 3:05 am (UTC)

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This book has a very unique narrator, Death, and he is all-knowing. This makes Death a third-person omniscient narrator. However, he does speak of himself in the first person, so he plays a role...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009, 9:03 am (UTC)

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In the very challenging circumstances in which Liesel found herself, her most important accomplishment was survival. She developed impressive resilience in order to elude Death and to hope for a...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019, 2:05 am (UTC)

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The yellow tear is an interesting symbol and image because it appears after Liesel is terribly beaten by her foster mother, Rosa. She is beaten because she stole Rosa's washing money in order to...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016, 4:45 pm (UTC)

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Markus Zusak is a master with figurative language in his beautifully written novel The Book Thief. Flip open to any page in the book, and readers can find any number of different types of...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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Molching is a fictional place; there is no Molching, Germany. There is, however, a city called Olching, which happened to also be next to the concentration camp of Dachau; perhaps that is what...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2010, 12:57 am (UTC)

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Markus Zusak makes a daring choice by creating the character of Death to narrate his novelThe Book Thief. From the outset, this choice makes clear that death will play a significant role in the...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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The dominoes in the story are incredibly symbolic. When the Nazis come looking for Rudy, he is playing dominoes and setting up a tower of destruction. There are many things at play, first of which...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019, 3:37 am (UTC)

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"Chapter 1: Arrival on Himmel Street" can be found within the larger “Part One: The Gravedigger’s Handbook.” Because the narrator of our story is the character Death, the entire narration is spoken...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 9:45 am (UTC)

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First, the tone is the author's (or narrator's) attitude towards an individual subject or story. Zusak's The Book Thief revolves around World War II, so the tone is not a happy one for the most...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2017, 9:51 pm (UTC)

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