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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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There are several important themes in The Book Thief. One of the main themes is the theme of survival. This is ironic, as the novel is narrated by the Death itself. The Death reflects throughout...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2018, 12:17 am (UTC)

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As the other educator has correctly mentioned, allusions are indirect references to people, places, and things of historical, political, or social significance. In Part Three, an example of...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2017, 1:09 pm (UTC)

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A very interesting question, and the relationships between Liesel and her foster parents are some of the most important and most interesting in the book. Hans Hubermann is a gentle, considerate man...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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Max is prepared to die, but hiding and fighting for his life is better than waiting for death to come. Max is Jewish, and during World War II in Germany that was very dangerous. His family wants...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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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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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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While Liesel's actions are depicted as theft, they are never painted in a truly negative light. This demonstrates in a small way the lessons the book illustrates in much larger ways as well: that...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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The second book that Liesel steals is called The Shoulder Shrug. She stole her first book, The Grave Digger's Handbook, on January 13, 1939, and this second, The Shoulder Shrug, on April 20, 1940,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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A thesis statement is the controlling sentence of an essay. Usually, a thesis statement makes a claim that the writer supports, then lists details that will be discussed within the essay about that...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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Besides being incredibly inventive, making the specific choice to use Death as the narrator in The Book Thief allows for the novel to unconventionally take the readers through the story (and back...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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Liesel's mountain to climb in Zusak's The Book Thief is not easily simplified to her just surviving the war; although, surviving one of the worst wars in history does create a large part of that...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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Hans gains Liesel's love through consistent, unwavering kindness and patience. Although Liesel feels like a burden when she arrives, Hans never treats her that way. He patiently comforts her when...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019, 2:30 pm (UTC)

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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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Liesel and Hans were practicing reading in the basement before Max arrived. Reading was very important to Liesel. It was her escape from the war. She made a dictionary out of the walls. After...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016, 5:13 pm (UTC)

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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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Before digging into this question I want to address the ways in which Liesel challenges her society. In some ways she is not very different from the kids around her. Like any child, she likes...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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This depends on which bombing you are referring to--this was during World War II after all, where bombing occurred all across Europe. However, the main bombing that affected the characters in this...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2009, 8:25 am (UTC)

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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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The Prologue of The Book Thief foreshadows some of the most important themes of the book: death is a part of life, friendship occurs in the most unusual places, and war is inhuman. Death is a...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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Rebellion is a very large and significant theme in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. Firstly, the act of rebellion is already apparent in the title of the novel. Zusak's story follows Liesel, a young...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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The passage you cite is in the chapter called “Thirteen Presents” from Part Six, which is called “The Dream Carrier,” and contains two comparisons. One is a simile and one is a metaphor. Together,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 9:48 am (UTC)

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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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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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Probably the most significant technique in this novel, the one that makes the book stick out from other WW2 novels, is the point-of-view. The details of your original question exceed the Enotes...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2011, 12:59 am (UTC)

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The introduction of the Book Thief establishes the idea that this will be a dark story since the narrator himself is Death, which obviously references his activities and his interactions with...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question involves inference on the part of the reader in that Max never really tells us why he waits so long to tell the family that he is sick. The answer has more to do with...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016, 10:00 am (UTC)

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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 this "observation," Death notices two train guards and two grave diggers. One called the shots and the other did what he was told. Death asks, what if there are more "others"; that is, what if...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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One quote that is particularly important comes when Liesel first meets Hans, her adoptive father. Her description of his face, and in particular his eyes, is particularly important to establishing...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013, 6:33 am (UTC)

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The idea of knowledge as a defense against ignorance and prejudice. In the movie, knowledge is represented as a defense against hatred and intolerance. At the beginning of the story, we learn that...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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I think one of the more interesting aspects about Liesel's book thievery is the way that it leads to her unlikely friendship with the Mayor's wife, and how this friendship leads her to discover the...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2011, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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Liesel provides Death with distraction and moments of beauty. Death is haunted by humans. In this chapter, we learn a little more about why. He explains that he is not the stereotypical image of...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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The definition of "haunted" means that one is physically frequented by ghosts, but it also includes the fact that one can be psychologically burdened, preoccupied, and/or disturbed by someone or...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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Two main characters are Liesel and Max, who both desire to belong and be free. The protagonist of The Book Thief is Liesel. Her first goal is to get parents. Because her father is gone and her...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2016, 9:06 pm (UTC)

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The characters of Max and Liesel have much in common that makes them well-suited, even ideal, friends. Most obviously, both characters are taken in by the Hubermann family, Hans and Rosa. Both...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018, 8:35 pm (UTC)

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Rosa's just lost a valuable customer and doesn't want to lose any more if she can help it. As always, she takes out her frustration on Liesel, giving her more laundry to do as well as subjecting...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 11:13 am (UTC)

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During the first World War, Erik Vandenburg saved Hans Hubermann's life by volunteering him for a writing task. Death relates the story in the novel. During the war, Erik and Hans became fast...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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While the atrocity of the Holocaust and World War II form the background of this story, one of the other main themes is how reading (words, literature, communication) is used for enlightenment and...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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Zusak takes the symbols of the time period, and with his amazing use of figures of speech, creates an authentic tone and mood that can strongly affect readers. One example is in the section...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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A symbol is an object or person that stands for something other than itself. I will give you an example of an object and a person. An example of symbolism in the story is the books that Liesel...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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The section entitled "A Girl Made of Darkness" is found in Part Two of Zusak's The Book Thief. It gives an explanation of events that occur after Liesel steals her second book at the Furor's...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016, 5:23 pm (UTC)

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Note that there are more than three events leading to the climax of The Book Thief since many things occur in the rising action of the novel. The climax of the book occurs very near the end of the...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2010, 6:51 am (UTC)

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Liesel has been having a dream about the Führer, Adolf Hitler. In the dream, Hitler makes a powerful speech, skillfully manipulating language to drive home his point. Hitler is presented in...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018, 7:14 am (UTC)

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Alex Steiner is Rudy Steiner's father in The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Rudy is an adolescent boy who, despite being the blond, blue-eyed, athletic, idealized German boy, does not support the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019, 12:50 am (UTC)

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In 1936, the African-American athlete Jesse Owens captured the world's imagination with his remarkable feats at the Olympic Games in Berlin. Alex Steiner is just one of many people the world over...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019, 7:44 am (UTC)

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The Book Thief is an interesting book because the narrator, Death, gives away some things that are going to happen. For example, pretty early on in the novel, we know that Rudy is going to die....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010, 11:50 am (UTC)

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Words are something that are clearly a major focus of this excellent novel. Whether it is printed words in the books that are variously burnt, stolen or written, or the physical words that are...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012, 7:29 am (UTC)

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The most basic conflict that all of the characters face in The Book Thief is how to make sense of a world where so little makes sense. There is a fundamental challenge in how the individual...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2014, 9:18 pm (UTC)

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The major weakness of Hans Hubermann is the way that he is shown to be too good, kind and compassionate. This may not sound like a weakness to you, but let us remember that against the backdrop of...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2011, 7:38 pm (UTC)

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