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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...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010, 10:22 pm (UTC)

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Death, as narrator, functions in two important ways in this story. First of all, by opening his story with the blunt "You are going to die," a theme is immediately established. Death is...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2010, 8:14 am (UTC)

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I know it's probably not proper to answer a question with a question, but why would you think this? You must have some evidence to present that would give us some basis for our answer. For...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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In order to understand the answer to your question, the reader must understand the narrator of the story: Death. The character of Death does not necessarily care about time; therefore, that is...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016, 10:23 am (UTC)

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In The Book Thief, Death is a presence from the very beginning and appears throughout the novel. Although Death is personified in terms of having human-like capabilities including emotions and...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019, 2:00 am (UTC)

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At age ten, Liesel has to join the BDM, which is the girls' section of the Hitler Youth. She has to attend two-hour meetings every Wednesday and Saturday and wear a brown uniform. She learns to...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2021, 11:39 am (UTC)

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Liesel does kiss Rudy, but only after he is dead. Rudy's quest to get a kiss from Liesel is a recurring element in the book. It begins early on, when Rudy challenges Liesel to a foot race. Rudy...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2021, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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We are told that Max Vandenburg is age 22 on the Kristallnacht (or the Night of the Broken Glass) on November 9, 1938, when the Nazis destroyed many Jewish businesses and synagogues. Kristallnacht...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2021, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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Hans Hubermann is basically Liesel's foster father once her biological father is taken to a concentration camp for his communist sympathies. Hans takes this new role seriously. While Rosa can be...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2021, 11:22 am (UTC)

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Death narrates the book and provides some insight about Paula Meminger's decision to leave Liesel with a foster family. First, Liesel understands that her mother is "constantly sick." Because of...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2021, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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Part Two of The Book Thief truly cements the meaning behind the title. I can understand why it is difficult to understand this part because, just like in many parts of this book, Death does not...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016, 9:44 am (UTC)

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Refusing to bathe is a way for Liesel to cling to and acknowledge the past, especially the people she has loved and lost. On the night she first arrives at the Hubermanns, for example, she refuses...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2021, 11:33 am (UTC)

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Rudy Steiner entered four different races at the Hitler Youth Carnival, determined to win them all: the 1500 meters, the 400 meters, the 200 meters, and the 100 meters. Because he enjoyed his new...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2021, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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After retrieving the book called The Whistler from the ice cold river for Liesel, Rudy, who has a crush on Liesel, would like to ask her for a kiss: Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief’s...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2021, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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The active and energetic Rudy is always getting himself into trouble, largely because he is too kind-hearted and good-natured to believe in Nazism. Rudy, a runner, gets into trouble with his father...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2021, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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In "The End of the World, Part II" Himmel Street is bombed without warning by the Allies, namely the United States, Great Britain, France, and other countries that banded against Hitler and the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2021, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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Max Vandenburg, from Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, is not a naive character. (Naive means that one does not possess experience, wisdom, or solid judgment (based upon prior experience).) Instead,...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013, 11:29 pm (UTC)

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Rudy is a young boy who, like many others his age, is being considered for education and training at a special school. Set in Germany in the 1930s–1940s, in a fictionalized town, this novel...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 5:29 am (UTC)

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I really enjoy this book. I love teaching it too. Kids are usually impressed with it, because it is so different. I think the main thing I learned from this book is that you CAN do something new....

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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The German word sau means a sow (a female pig) while mensch means person; therefore, Saumensch is an insult directed at a girl or woman, calling her a pig (similar in English when a woman is called...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2021, 11:51 am (UTC)

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In Nazi Germany, Jewish people were required to wear the yellow star as a symbol of their faith and degraded social status. The "road of yellow stars" is a nickname given to Schiller Strasse, a...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2021, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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Hans is part of the ten percent of Germans who did not "unflinching[ly]" support Hitler. Although the gentle Hans hates Hitler and the Nazi regime, he clearly understands he has to lead a double...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2021, 11:36 am (UTC)

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In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, the protagonist, Liesel, has dark brown eyes, and this is dangerous in Nazi Germany. The Nazis are looking to develop a “master race” of people with blonde hair...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2021, 1:46 pm (UTC)

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Death foreshadows Rudy's death to further the characterization of Death itself and to heighten the poignancy of Rudy's remaining life. After jumping into the Amper River, Rudy proudly holds up the...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2021, 12:30 pm (UTC)

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