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The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, is a historical novel which was published in 2005. It tells the story of Liesel Meminger a young German girl who was placed into the foster care system by...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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The short answer is that Hans Hubermann taped it there. Hans had a really good war buddy who played the accordion, and that war buddy died. Hans felt really badly for his buddy, who had a wife...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2009, 11:06 am (UTC)

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Because you have asked a similar question here, I assume you would like a second event or passage from parts 1-4 that connects to parts 5-8. In my first response I gave some general ideas of...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2015, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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Liesel finishes reading The Grave Digger’s Handbook just before Christmas. Although The Grave Digger’s Handbook is not typical reading material for children, beggars can’t be choosers. Papa uses...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013, 3:55 am (UTC)

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Yes, it is Death, our narrator (and a very pertinent character), that you are asking about; however, death is also the overall theme of the novel. The dual nature of Death/death, then, shows the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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Here are the most significant characters. Death is the narrator of the book. Death carries away souls after they've died and he is the one telling/remembering Liesel's life story. Liesel Meminger...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012, 1:31 am (UTC)

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In Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief, after much teasing earlier in the story and swearing she would never kiss him, Liesel does indeed get up the courage to try and kiss her best friend Rudy....

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015, 4:14 am (UTC)

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Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief is a unique book about a young girl, Liesel Meminger, who becomes fascinated with stealing books in Germany during WWII. Narrated by death, The Book Thief...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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When Max Vanderburg arrives at the Hubermanns', he says that there is a "scratchy feeling of sin." Then he says something that gives us an insight into why he feels that asking for help would be...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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Money is tight for the Hubermans. This is similar to Germany in the 1930s where national money was "tight." Weimar Germany was economically struggling. Germany was crushed with debt from war...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013, 12:34 am (UTC)

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Death is sympathetic towards the victims of war, especially those who are still living. This is because most of them are likely to succumb to violent or extremely painful deaths due to the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 11:18 am (UTC)

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Rudy Steiner is, at first, too young to fully understand the extent of his courage and his opposition of Hitler. It is his personality to be a fighter, and for him, it starts with an original fight...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2013, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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In The Book Thief, the motif of darkness recurs throughout the whole novel. For the most part, the associations of darkness are negative, and include ignorance, secrecy and withholding information,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2021, 3:25 am (UTC)

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The Book Thief is filled, from beginning to end, with significant color symbolism. In the opening lines of the novel, Death, the narrator, states, “First the colors” (Zusak 7). It is clear from...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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One way that it would be different is that we wouldn't get to see such an endearing, kind and loving side of Liesel's foster father, Hans. Every single night he wakes himself from slumber to go...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2009, 3:06 am (UTC)

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In general, The Book Thief's perpetrator, or antagonist, is not just one person. The main group of people who would be considered the antagonists in The Book Thief are the Nazi Party, led by Adolf...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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Stealing is usually thought of as a bad thing, and it is in most circumstances. But in Nazi Germany during World War II, when book burning is the norm, saving a few couldn't be bad. Liesel doesn't...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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Papa, of course, is Liesel's endearing name for Hans, her foster father during World War II. Unfortunately, you do not indicate which chapter (or larger part) of The Book Thief your question...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 9:45 am (UTC)

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Max Vandenburg is an important character in The Book Thief because of the close relationship he develops with Liesel and the risks the Hubermanns take to conceal him in the basement of their home....

Latest answer posted August 12, 2021, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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The first step to answering your question is to define the terms: Analepsis is a term used when the narrative of a fictional story moves back in time to before the beginning of the story: a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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The very first book that Liesel steals is called The Gravedigger's Handbook, and she snags it from a cemetery, close to a grave that an actual employee had been digging. In this rather dry and...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010, 8:57 am (UTC)

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As the story progresses, different incidents in Liesel's life contribute to her growth and development. For example, through her interactions with Max, Liesel learns the importance of small...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2017, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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After Liesel is finished reading The Grave Digger's Handbook, she has no new material to peruse. Hans surprises her with two new books: The Lighthouse and Faust the Dog. Liesel learns that Hans was...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020, 11:58 am (UTC)

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Author Markus Zusak makes Death an important character; the concept is personified and serves as the novel’s first-person narrator. Liesel Meminger is aware of death as a phenomenon but does not...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 3:03 am (UTC)

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In his essay "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson argues, Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company in which the members...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2014, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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When Death says that most Germans are fond of pigs, he means that they like bad people—like Nazis. They appreciate them even though they're bad people who don't have good qualities. This ties into...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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Zusak presents Hitler's efforts to indoctrinate German youth by writing scenes surrounding historical events such as book burning bonfires, forcing the boys to join the Hitler Youth, and peer...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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Death, as The Book Thief’s narrator, connects book burning with Liesel’s opportunities to obtain her first few books, which in turn led to her stealing more books. In this context, Death discusses...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021, 12:20 am (UTC)

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Though there is not one correct answer to this question, certainly there is a correct approach to coming up with an answer. Rather than simply giving you my opinion, I will propose a strategy to...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2011, 12:36 am (UTC)

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Throughout The Book Thief, Death is a major character as well as the narrator. Through the personification of Death, author Marcus Zusak makes an abstract concept seem as real as the human...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021, 4:50 am (UTC)

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In part 5, "The Whistler," Marcus Zusak continues to have Death, the narrator, use a distinctive, literary style with numerous figures of speech. The idea that Death is eloquent and creative is an...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019, 4:22 pm (UTC)

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The book is set in a time period where death is an omnipresent concern and every day the characters are faced with the potential death of themselves, their loved ones, and the anonymous faces in...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2010, 11:07 am (UTC)

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In part 5 of The Book Thief, which is called "The Whistler," we can find some examples of simile. Simile, remember, compares two different things using the words "like" or "as." For example,...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 1:07 am (UTC)

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Liesel is the main character in the novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. She is a young German girl who, at the beginning of the story, is traveling by train to Munich with her mother and brother....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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The main character, Leisel, is my favorite--but the fact is--as a female protagonist, I really did like her. I liked her innocence and as a result of inexperience--her honesty. If I had to...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010, 8:27 am (UTC)

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As Chapter 2 of this book clearly shows, which is the last time when Hans Junior meets with his father, Hans Junior is incredibly naive because of the way in which he has swallowed Hitler's ideas...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013, 5:49 am (UTC)

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In order to understand this question, two words need to be defined: euphemism and eugenics. A euphemism is a more acceptable (or gentle) term for something harsh or offensive. Eugenics is the...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 9:45 am (UTC)

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She may not know it as much as the reader knows it, but everything inside of Liesel is courageously opposing a world she doesn't fully understand but knows she disagrees with. The stealing of the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011, 8:08 am (UTC)

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An interesting question! To answer it, consider why Liesel makes a good protagonist in a literary sense. The main reason is that she is a child. Much like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, Liesel has...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2018, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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Hans Hubermann is not only the antithesis to his violent and mouthy wife Rosa, but he is the father that Liesel never had. He is kind and loving with her, but he also teaches her to read. Instead...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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The character of Death in The Book Thief has specific colors associated with his own experiences and with the experiences of those he pursues or captures. He is particularly observant about the sky...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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Hans Hubermann's letters in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak were brief for two reasons. The first is that Hans was not a well-educated man. When Liesel is first learning to read, Hans is committed...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016, 1:26 am (UTC)

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Death reveals that, due to the devastation of World War II (and the behavior of the Nazis), the situation in Germany is very grave. In short, death is everywhere. In fact, death becomes a main...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 9:59 am (UTC)

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The adults in Liesel's life show compassion to others even during the most trying of times. Hans is a major role model for Liesel, and he often puts his life at risk to show compassion to others....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011, 6:52 am (UTC)

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There is much darkness to be observed in The Book Thief, both literal and metaphorical. The profusion of darkness in the story is by no means accidental; it serves a very important symbolic...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2021, 9:55 am (UTC)

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The allegorical figure of Death is describing the effect that the rise to power of Hitler has had upon his work. On the face of it, war would be considered Death's best friend, as lots of people...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019, 10:31 am (UTC)

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In The Book Thief, Death is capitalized because it is personified. The idea that this non-human being can be “haunted” adds to the personal qualities of its characterization. In this way, Markus...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019, 2:56 am (UTC)

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In the end, this is really a question that you must answer yourself; it is a matter of personal opinion. To help guide you to the part that you found most touching, ask yourself a few questions....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2009, 8:48 am (UTC)

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A simile is a literary device that compares two different things using the words like or as. For example, we might say of someone that they are "as stubborn as a mule." Similes are regularly used...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021, 11:03 am (UTC)

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At the end of the story, Death hands Liesel a book and tries to talk to her about beauty and brutality, but because of her life’s experiences Death has nothing to say. Death then confesses to...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015, 8:27 am (UTC)

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