Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Book Thief

The Book Thief is full of many wonderful and extraordinary personalities. The protagonist in this novel is Liesel who is hardworking and a kind-hearted star of the book. She adores books so much, she steals them, even if she doesn’t know how to read. Liesel is said to be a, “lost skinny child”, on page 32 and, “thin boned, and pale” on page 39. She is only 10 years old but while reading, you tend to forget that since she is so mature. She lives with her foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann.

          Liesel loved Hans since the first day because of his, “eyes made of kindness, and silver” (page 34). He was the main reason Liesel learned to read and write. He was a really nice and brave man. He always cared about everyone no matter their race, and that is proven when he lets Max live in the basement. Death describes Hans Hubermann as a guy, “Always just there. Not noticeable”, on page 34. But I think that helped him because if he was more out there, people may have been more suspicious of him and he would not have been able to hide Max in his basement.

          Rosa Hubermann is a very difficult character to understand. She always seems to be angry at everyone but also loves everyone and cares about them. On page 33 it says,” face decorated with constant fury”. She hits Liesel with wooden spoons very often but she also loves her a lot. Personally, I think the main reason she is like this is because she is scared of losing people. In the novel, it does not talk about her parents, so maybe they are dead and that’s why she is so strict. Later on in the book when Hans Hubermann becomes a part of the Nazi group and has to leave Liesel sees her with the accordion all alone. “A Painted Picture. Rosa with Accordion. Moonlight on dark. 5’1” x Instrument x Silence.” Page 420. She is miserable now that he’s gone.

          Liesel becomes friends with Rudy while playing soccer, and both of them love each other, even if Liesel doesn’t know it yet. Rudy is my favorite character in this novel. He is a 10 year old boy “with bony legs, sharp teeth, gangly blue eyes, and hair the color of a lemon” (page 48). Rudy is smart, athletic, and brave. He is not afraid of older kids and he helps others out no matter what consequence. And this is proven when he helps Tommy Muller at Hitler Youth and he is forced to run extra laps with him. But his kindness does help him make many amazing friends.

           Finally, the antagonist who is Hitler. Even though he never talks to any of the character in the book, he is the reason behind what is happening. Hitler is the one who created the Nazi Group and decided that the Jews should not be able to live. And if it wasn’t for him there would not be such a big mess and everyone could be treated equally and live a normal life. And this is not just in the novel, but in real life too. If he never did what he did there would not have been so many deaths.

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