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

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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 interest in the book thief. Liesel stealing books is something that defines her entire life and happens in the most important moments. For example, the first book she steals is one that her foster father used to teach her to read. The rising action as she steals the books from the mayor causes the reader to wonder whether she'll get caught and what will happen. The relationships she builds, the historical events of the rise of the Nazi regime around her, and her time with books all contribute to the rising action. The rising action continues until the climax.

The climax of the novel happens when Liesel's town in bombed. Her fascination with books saves her life, because she's reading in the basement at the time. However, many of the people she cares about die.

One theme of The Book Thief is the...

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