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What is the significance of color in The Book Thief? Give 2 examples of how it was used and the effect it had on...

Considering Death’s preoccupation with color, you shouldn’t have much difficulty finding two examples of color in the book. As for significance, that might be a bit harder, but I can help you with...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 3:19 pm UTC

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What is the author's message in The Book Thief ? What is he trying to get across to the reader?

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...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 9:25 pm UTC

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What are some good lines with literary devices or figurative language from the first five parts of The Book Thief?

Quote: "A suddenness found its way onto his lips then, which were a corroded brown color and peeling, like old paint." Literary Device: simile Page:part 1, page 16 Explanation: This quote is a...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2017 1:09 pm UTC

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In "The Book Thief" how does Liesel and Rudy's friendship change throughout the book? What does Rudy want from Liesel?

At first, Liesel and Rudy are just mere acquaintances, neighbors at the most. They live down the street from each other, and occasionally cross paths at school and in the streets, especially...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2009 8:13 am UTC

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What is the setting of The Book Thief?  

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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In The Book Thief, what is the moral lesson Liesel learns? Does it relate to death?

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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Do Liesel and Max get married at the end of The Book Thief?

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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In The Book Thief, what is the chronological order of the books Liesel steals? A list of the stolen books in...

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 The Book Thief, why does Death find Liesel’s life fascinating?

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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In The Book Thief how is the relationship between Liesel and Rudy like family, lovers, strangers, and enemies?

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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Cite three pieces of evidence from the novel The Book Thief that Rosa Huberman, though harsh and insulting, really...

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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Why does Liesel steal books in The Book Thief?

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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What is the theme, moral, or lesson of The Book Thief?

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...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 11:43 am UTC

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What is a quote from The Book Thief that describes the setting?

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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In the novel The Book Thief, why did Markus Zusak choose to have Death narrate the story?

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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What is the main conflict in The Book Thief? I thought it was something like individual vs. society, because the book...

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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In The Book Thief, compare and contrast the lives of Liesel and Max. How does Max's life give Liesel purpose? At what...

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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In The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak, what color was the sky and what did it represent? 

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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What are some flasbacks or flash foward instances in The Book Thief?

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 are examples of figurative language from Part Three and Part Four of The Book Thief?

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

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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What is the relationship between Ilsa Hermann and Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief?

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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How does Max Vandenburg's life give Liesel purpose in The Book Thief?

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...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 6:57 pm UTC

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What is the main message that the author is trying to tell us about life in The Book Thief?

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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What kind of atmosphere does Death describe on Himmel Street in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief?

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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What is the climax of The Book Thief?

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...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 10:46 pm UTC

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Explain the significance of Liesel's "yellow tear" at the end of "Death Letters."

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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What are ten examples from the first five parts of The Book Thief that use literary devices and figurative language?

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

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...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 6:43 pm UTC

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How does Liesel struggle in The Book Thief?

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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What would be considered the Point of View in the unforgettable book "The Book Thief"?

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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Mis-communicated Love ? Rosa Hubberman loved Liesel as if she were her own however she had a funny way of showing it....

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...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 8:04 am UTC

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What is Death's opinion about war in The Book Thief?

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...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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In The Book Thief, how does Liesel Meminger change as a result of her experiences?

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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There was a quote in The Book Thief and I need help defining what the quote means. "The best word shakers were the...

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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What are three quotes that show Liesel loves Rosa, Hans, and Max in The Book Thief?

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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What is the resolution of The Book Thief?

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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What are two examples of figurative language from Part Two of The Book Thief? Why might the author have chosen to use...

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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What quote best describes Liesel's reaction to Werner's death in The Book Thief?

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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I am trying to create a thematic statement and a thesis for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I would like to know if...

You have synthesized a definite good start to your thematic statement and, building from that statement, your thesis. The pairing of power with corruption was an astute choice on your part and...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018 1:04 am UTC

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In The Book Thief, Liesel lives to be an old woman. Death says that he would like to tell her about beauty and...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a story where beauty can be found even through the brutality present. This story is the tale of Liesel Meminger and her experiences during World War II in...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 2:47 pm UTC

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In The Book Thief, what does Death mean by saying this: "You really want to know what I look like? Find yourself a...

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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In Zusak's The Book Thief, what mistake allows Death to be severely disappointed in himself?

Mistakes, mistakes, it's all I seem capable of at times (23). Death makes this observation about himself in the section entitled "Arrival on Himmel Street." He tells the reader about what...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016 6:28 pm UTC

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In "The Book Thief" what is ugly and beautiful about Liesel, Rosa and Hans Hubermann, Max Vandenburg, Rudy Steiner,...

Liesel's beauty lies in her growth and development as a character. Her likable and "beautiful" qualities are easy to see in her eagerness to learn, her fiercely loyal nature, and her honest...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2014 5:40 pm UTC

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How is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak related to the Holocaust?

The definition of a holocaust is the complete devastation or destruction of something, mostly by fire. Millions of Jews were killed during World War II and sent to crematoriums, thereby being...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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Molching Germany

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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What is the rising action, climax, and theme of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak?

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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In the novel The Book Thief, how do words have the power to destroy and save lives?

The ability to read and to express yourself, and likewise the wisdom of knowing when to be silent are two important aspects of this novel. The central character, Liesel, is a girl who learns how to...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 10:29 am UTC

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In The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, why does Liesel Meminger tell Mr. Steiner that she kissed his son Rudy's dead body?

At the conclusion of the novel, Liesel Meminger gives her friend Rudy Steiner, lying dead in the rubble of Himmel Street, what he never received from her in life - a kiss. During their three years...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 1:39 pm UTC

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What is the title of Max's book in The Book Thief?

The book that Max writes is called The Word Shaker. Interestingly, he takes the pages from a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf and paints the text white. Then, on the freshly whitened pages, he uses...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010 12:11 pm UTC

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