the book thief liesel character traits
List of characters in The Book Thief:
Frau Henrich - Woman from foster care who brings Liesel to the Hubermanns
Frau Diller - corner shop owner
Pfiffikus - name given to eldery man by local children, who likes to whistle
Tommy Müller - friend of Rudy and Liesel, worst soccer player on the team
A metaphysical being, Death serves as the dryly cynical narrator of The Book Thief. Death's duty is to carry away the souls of the recently departed, which it has apparently done for millenia. In its line of work, Death tries to focus on colors as a way of distracting itself from the survivors of those who have died. Liesel's story is one of a handful of survivors' tales that Death remembers; in fact, Death retrieves the actual written autobiography of Liesel's life after the air raid at the end of the novel. Death is "haunted9quot; by humans and unable to reconcile humanity's capacity for evil with humanity's capacity for good.
Introduced by Death as "The Book Thief," Liesel is nine at the beginning of the novel, when her younger brother dies and she is given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann in the small town of Molching. Liesel is traumatized by her brother's death, but Hans proves to be a calming foster father; with his help, she learns to read and soon finds comfort in the written word. Over the course of the novel, she befriends Max, the Jew who arrives to hide from the Nazis in the Hubermanns' basement, and falls in love with Rudy Steiner, her best friend. Ultimately, Liesel learns the power of words to influence humans to act towards both good and evil as she experiences the beauty and the brutality of humanity. Death describes her as a "perpetual survivor," and Liesel survives Hitler's reign while many of those whom she loves perish as a result of World War II and the Holocaust.
A 23-year-old Jew who hides from the Nazis in the Hubermanns' basement. Max was a fist-fighter growing up, and as a teenager he resolves not to die without a fight. Max is wracked with anguish and guilt over leaving his family to save himself, but he comes to befriend Liesel as the two share their respective nightmares. Their friendship grows very deep, and Liesel reads to Max every night when he falls comatose. Max makes two books for Liesel, both of which involve thinly-veiled allegories about their friendship and Nazi Germany: an illustrated story called "The Standover Man," and a long book of sketches that includes the short story "The Word Shaker." Max leaves the house after Hans gives an old Jew being marched to a concentration camp a piece of bread in public. Liesel later sees him among such a procession, on his way to Dachau. Max survives the camp, however, and reunites with Liesel shortly after the war's end.
Liesel's silver-eyed foster father. An amateur accordion player, Hans is a tall, gentle man with a remarkable amount of integrity and bravery -- Hans' compassion sets a strong example for Liesel, who is soothed by his presence. His life was saved by a Jew Erik Vandenberg in World War I, and he keeps his promise to Erik's widow by hiding her son Max from the Nazis. A skilled house painter by trade, Hans is horrified by the Nazis' persecution of the Jews, and he brings scrutiny to himself by painting over anti-Semitic slurs on Jewish-owned homes and businesses. Hans' impulsive kindness ultimately gets him in trouble, and he is conscripted to serve in a dangerous air raid recovery unit. Hans survives this assignment, but ultimately dies in the air raid that hits Molching at the end of the novel.
Hans' wife and Liesel's foster mother. A squat woman who makes some money doing laundry for wealthy neighbors, Rosa has a fiery attitude and frequently employs profanity, especially towards those whom she loves. Death describes Rosa as a good woman for a crisis: she maintains order in the household through difficult times, but her spirit is steadily beat down by several the events in the novel, e.g. Max's illness, Hans' conscription, and the air raids.
Liesel's best friend. One of six Steiner children, Rudy is gallant and impetuous -- he is best known for painting his face black and running around a track imitating Jesse Owens. Rudy is motivated throughout the novel by his love for Liesel; at one point he retrieves Liesel's book from the icy cold river and asks her for a kiss. By the end of the novel, Liesel has come to love Rudy as well; Rudy dies in an air raid at the end of the novel, and Liesel kisses his corpse.
The mayor's wife. An intelligent woman with her own library, Ilsa has spent decades mourning the death of her son Johann, who froze to death in 1918, the final year of World War I. Ilsa takes a liking to Liesel: she witnesses Liesel stealing a book from the book burning and invites Liesel into her home library to read. Ilsa gives Liesel a blank book and encourages her to write, and not to live the rest of her life in despair. Ilsa and her husband take Liesel into their home after Hans and Rosa are killed.
Liesel's six-year-old brother who dies at the beginning of the book. Liesel is haunted by the memory of Werner and consistently experiences nightmares about his death for months after arriving in Molching. At one point, Liesel thinks to herself that in her mind, Werner will be six years old forever.
Liesel's mother, who gives her up for adoption by the Hubermann's at the beginning of the novel. Liesel's father was taken away by the Nazis for being a Communist, and Paula meets the same fate. As Liesel comes to realize, by giving her daughter away, Paula saves her from persecution.
A friend and classmate of Liesel's. Described as a twitchy kid, Tommy has hearing problems due to a chronic ear infection. Tommy is generally helpless and relies on the support of his friend Rudy Steiner.
The very pro-Nazi shopkeeper who refuses service to anyone who does not salute and say "Heil Hitler" upon entering her corner store.
A neighbor of the Hubermanns who has feuded with Rosa for a long time, spitting on the Hubermanns' door on a daily basis. Frau Holtzapfel agrees to stop this practice if Liesel will read to her on a regular basis. She has two sons serving in the German Army in Russia, Michael and Robert. Robert dies at the Battle of Stalingrad, and Michael returns with a bloodied hand. Frau Holtzapfel is emotionally ruined by the death of one of her sons, and after Michael commits suicide, she quietly awaits Death.
Hans and Rosa's only son. Indoctrinated by Nazi propaganda, Hans Jr. is ashamed of his father's kindness towards the Jews and accuses him of being a coward for not supporting Hitler. He serves in the German Army in Russia and stops returning home for holidays because of his animosity towards his father. Another soldier, Michael Holtzapfel, tells Rosa that he heard that Hans Jr. is still alive, but no other indication is given about Hans Junior's ultimate fate.
Hans and Rosa's adult daughter.
The Hitler Youth leader described as a sadist by Rudy. At one point, Franz viciously beats Rudy up in the street for throwing a rock at his head.
Max's father who served in World War I with Hans. Erik saves Hans' life by volunteering him for a writing assignment on the day he and everyone else in his regiment are killed in battle. Erik's death comes at Max is very young. Erik taught Hans to play the accordion, and Hans' accordion was originally Erik's.
The fifteen-year-old leader of a small group of thieves. The group mainly steals food from farms, and Arthur is very kind to the others, divvying up their gains fairly and sharing with everyone the food brought to him by Rudy and Liesel. Arthur gives the two a bag of chestnuts before leaving town. He is replaced as leader by a new boy, Viktor Chemmel.
After Arthur Berg, the second leader of a group of thieves. Unlike Arthur, Viktor is wealthy and steals for excitement. Also unlike Arthur, Viktor is very domineering and cruel to the others; he savagely beats Rudy for his insolence. Viktor is the one who throws Liesel's book into the freezing cold Amper River.
Max's best friend. Walter and Max began as fighting partners growing up, but soon became friends. In the early stages of the Holocaust, Walter helps Max hide from the Nazis and arranges for Max to stay at Hans Hubermann's.
Woman from the foster care agency who facilitates the transfer of Liesel to the Hubermanns.
An ornery old man with a habit of whistling.
One of Liesel's teachers, a nun who delivers corporal punishment to insolent students.
A classmate of Liesel's. Ludwig taunts Liesel for not being able to read, and Liesel beats him up. Ludwig is injured at the book burning, and Liesel helps him get away from the crowd, then apologizes for attacking him.
Ludwig's older brother.
Mayor of Molching and Ilsa's husband.
Ilsa's son who froze to death in 1918, presumably while fighting in World War I.
An older boy who introduces Liesel and Rudy to the gang of thieves when Arthur Berg was their leader.
A classmate of Liesel's who delivers food to the church every week. Liesel and Rudy knock him off his bicycle and rob him.
Hans' Sergeant in World War I.
A shop owner who catches Rudy for trying to steal a potato and threatens to call the police, but lets him go when he is convinced of how poor Rudy is.
Rudy's older brother.
Rudy's father, a tailor who does not hate the Jews, but was somewhat relieved when the Jewish tailors competing with him were driven out of town. Alex refuses to let Rudy be inducted into an Army training academy and is punished with conscription. After the war, Alex, who has lost his entire family in a bombing raid, reopens his store and is kept company by Liesel.
Sergeant of the Air Raid Special Unit, of which Hans becomes a member.
A 23-year-old member of Hans' Air Raid Special Unit. Described as an arrogant hothead and a poor gambler, he accuses Hans of cheating at cards. Later, on a truck, he demands that Hans switch seats with him; when the truck crashes, Reinhold is dead.
One of Frau Holtzapfel's sons, Michael served in the German Army in the Battle of Stalingrad, where his hand was severely wounded. At a makeshift hospital, he sees his brother Robert die. He returns home and later commits suicide, unable to live with the guilt of having lived while his brother died.
One of Frau Holtzapfel's sons. Robert's legs are blown off at the Battle of Stalingrad, and he dies in a makeshift hospital with his brother Michael by his side.
Historical Fuhrer of Nazi Germany. While not a character in the novel per se, Hitler's propaganda and its consequences -- the war, the Holocaust -- functions as the novel's central antagonist.
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Liesel Meminger is the hardworking, book-thieving, kind-hearted star of the novel. She loves books so much, she steals them. even before she knows how to read. That's dedication, folks.
Like many of us, Liesel doesn't have an easy time reading, at least not at first. In fact, without her foster father Hans (who, with his fourth-grade education, doesn't read so well himself) and his dedication to teaching her, she might never have learned to read at all. At school, her lack of education is, at first, mistaken for lack of intelligence.
So why hasn't Liesel, at ten years old, gotten any education? Well, the answer is a little murky, just like Liesel's past and family history. But, it definitely has to do with Liesel's father's communist affiliations. The German Communist Party (KPD) was a popular political party in Germany when Hitler took power. As such, the Nazis saw communists as a threat.
Likely, Liesel's father in some way voiced his opposition to the Nazi Party and was arrested shortly after the Nazis took power in 1933. His family was probably left with no money, no way to make money, no medical treatment, and no home. Liesel remembers a series of boarding houses and blurry institutional settings. Whatever the precise situation, education is simply not available. Although we don't have the details for a full analysis, we can see an important main point—be careful not to mistake lack of education for lack of intelligence.
Now, we have a question for you. If you had to pick ten books to help tell the story of your life (or at least four years of it) what would they be? This question isn't hard for Liesel Meminger. As you probably already know, Death tells her story in ten sections, each one given the title of a book or story. According to Death, Liesel's book, The Book Thief, is divided in this way as well. So, we think a good way to analyze Liesel's character. We'll look at how she grows and changes between 1939 and 1943 by looking at what each of the books mean to her.
This book is just what it sounds like: a handbook for digging graves. It's the first book Liesel steals and the first book she reads. As with all her books, this one is totally bittersweet.
It's bitter for obvious reasons—she steals the book from the snowy graveyard where her little brother Werner has just been buried. It's her only tangible memento of her brother, and also of her mother, whom she never sees again after that January day in 1939. So, for the Liesel, the book represents great loss, great sorrow, and her feelings of abandonment. It represents the end of one phase of her life, and the beginning of another.
The Gravedigger's Handbook also has some very positive associations for Liesel and marks her transformation from illiterate to literate. It also represents Hans and the beginning of Liesel's loving relationship with him. Liesel has nightmares about her brother dying almost every night, but the night Hans finds The Grave Digger's Handbook she has the additional embarrassment of wetting the bed.
Hans doesn't just make this difficult situation easier by comforting her and changing her sheets. He turns it into a life changing opportunity for them both. His discovery of the book, hidden beneath her mattress, inspires all their reading and writing lessons. So, while The Gravedigger's Handbook represents great sadness and loss, it also represents great friendship and learning to read. which is one of the most thrilling things that happens to Liesel.
The Grave Digger's Handbook also helps establish Liesel as "The Heavyweight Champion of the School Yard" (12.Title). which isn't necessarily a good thing. She recites a passage from the book in class when she isn't able to read the assigned material. Oops.
Poor Liesel gets teased, of course. Then she becomes a bully for a few moments. She even turns her wrath on innocent Tommy Müller, in addition to the boy who teases her (Ludwig Shmeikl). In fact, she almost kills Ludwig. Walking home with Rudy afterwards, Liesel admits that her reaction was driven by all the suffering, humiliation, and loss she's been experiencing (especially by the loss of her brother, Werner). This realization helps her to not fall into violent and bullying ways—which would be easy to do in an atmosphere where violence and bullying are the norm.
We don't know much about the actual contents of The Shoulder Shrug, Liesel's second stolen book, other than that it features a Jewish protagonist. This is why the novel is sentenced to burn in Hitler's birthday book burning in Molching. Somehow, this book is too strong, or too wet, or too lucky to burn up quickly. It's only smoldering when Liesel steals it.
The timing is important here. Liesel steals it from the bonfire after getting confirmation from Hans that Hitler is likely behind the disappearance of her parents—not to mention the poverty that led to Werner's death. Stealing the book is a way for her get revenge on her new sworn enemy, Adolf Hitler. Sure she wants a book to read, but she also wants to take back some of what Hitler is destroying. Pretty heady stuff for an eleven-year-old (she's eleven now).
Stealing The Shoulder Shrug also opens the doors to a whole word of books. If Ilsa Hermann, the mayor's wife, hadn't seen Liesel steal the book from the fire, she might never have invited Liesel into her library. Liesel might have been hard-up for books. Books aside, Liesel's relationship with Ilsa is complicated, but, we have to say, the woman proves to be a true friend.
Most importantly, perhaps, Liesel's theft of The Shoulder Shrug "inspire[s] Hans Hubermann to come up with a plan to help the Jewish fist fighter" (13.5). That Jewish fist fighter is Max. Liesel's very special friendship with Max comes to define her in many ways. It certainly makes her a sympathetic character, but more importantly, it helps her see the difference between right and wrong.
Mein Kampf, The Standover Man, and The Word Shaker
[Hans Junior:] "What trash is this girl reading? She should be reading Mein Kampf." (17.31)
[…] in a way, she's stealing the words back, and she's rewriting her own beautiful story through this ugly world that surrounds her. – Markus Zusak (Source)
Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is Adolph Hitler's infamous book. He began dictating it to fellow prisoner Rudolph Hess (Hitler's Deputy) in 1923 when they were in Landsberg prison after a failed attempt to overthrow the Weimar Republic. For a detailed discussion of the book, click here.
Liesel neither reads nor steals this book, but it's incredibly important to who she is. For one thing, she's living inside it, so to speak. Hitler has made his words come to life, and they shape Liesel's reality. Second, when Liesel is reading The Shoulder Shrug in Hans Junior's presence, he speaks the lines quoted above (even though he doesn't know it's a rescued book about a Jew).
This is what gives Hans Senior the idea to use Mein Kampf to help Max. He realizes that Hitler's book can be used as a shield, a disguise; it can be used for the exact opposite of its intended purpose. Holding Mein Kampf in his hand is the best way for Max to deflect suspicion.
So, for Liesel, this book definitely means Max, and Max's life. but it also goes deeper than that. Max hits on the idea of painting the pages of Hitler's book white and using the pages to write The Standover Man and The Word Shaker. Liesel learns that kind words can be used to combat hateful ones. These two books are about friendship and the power of words to make a difference. Although this knowledge doesn't keep her family and friends on Himmel Street from dying in bomb blasts, it pushes Liesel to act as courageously as she can.
These three books also point to the development of Liesel's secret life during most of her time on Himmel Street. The fact that she was able to keep these books—and Max—a secret (until she finally tells Rudy, after Max has been captured) is a testament to her courage and strength.
The Word Shaker also alludes to Liesel's own calling: shaking words. She shakes them from books, from her own lips, and from the lips of others. It reminds her to plant and shake words of friendship and love, especially where hate is thriving.
The Whistler, a book about a murderer on the run from the police, is important to Liesel's character in several ways. This is the book she's been reading in Ilsa's library when Ilsa breaks the news that she can no longer pay Rosa to do her laundry. She's the last customer they have, and Liesel is furious.
We see a super angry side of Liesel come out. She uses words against Ilsa and refuses to take The Whistler when it's offered. This marks another change in her life. She'll no longer enter Ilsa's library through the door. Instead, she'll start coming through the window to steal the books.
The Whistler is the first book she steals from Ilsa. In part, she steals it for Rudy, even though he would have preferred something edible. In general, we see this book as connected with Rudy and Liesel's relationship. For most of the book, they have a close friendship. (Though it seems like Rudy is in love with Liesel, whereas Liesel isn't so sure.)
When Rudy victoriously rescues The Whistler from the Amper River, where it's been thrown by Viktor Chemmel (leader #2 of the fruit stealing gang), he shows Liesel his love for her. Death tells us,
He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them. (44.42)
As the end nears, Liesel's feelings for Rudy do grow stronger, but Rudy is killed before we can see whether she'll act on them. In bitter irony, Liesel finally kisses Rudy when he's dead. This stamps something painful on her character— regret. It's not the first or the last time she'll feel it, but probably one of the most intense.
The Whistler is also the first book Liesel reads to the residents of Himmel Street to the bomb shelters. These public readings help Liesel see that her passion can be used to help those around her on a large scale.
The Dream Carrier, a book about "an abandoned child who wants to be a priest" (48.51), is another one of the books Liesel (now thirteen) steals from Ilsa Hermann's library. Even though Rudy's with her when she steals it, it's more closely associated with Liesel's relationship with Max.
She steals this book in 1942 when Max is gravely ill and in a coma. For obvious reasons, no doctor can be called, and Liesel offers the only cures she knows—prayer, gift-giving and reading to him from The Dream Carrier. The combination of reading The Dream Carrier and spending all her free time with the comatose Max changes Liesel's dreams. One night, Max's face and body take the place of her brother Werner's in her recurring nightmare.
All of this points to her increasing sensitivity and ability to draw parallels between seemingly disparate situations, like a six year old boy dying on a train and the comatose young man before her. She's also feeling a deep burden of guilt. By bringing snow to the sub-zero basement-bound Max, she contributes to his current state of illness. But, as his writings and words later show her, the gift of snow was worth it. Perhaps, just perhaps, Max's comatose state is a relief from his own guilt and suffering. giving his body a chance to heal a little.
The Dream Carrier also alludes to the fact that Liesel has been having the same nightmare (of her brother dying on the train) every night for over two years. She's literally carrying the moment with her in her dreams. A year later, when she's able to stop carrying him in her nightmares, and instead carry him in her heart, we can see her reaching deeper levels of psychological maturity in spite of her trauma.
The Complete Duden Dictionary and Thesaurus
This invaluable reference book is a gift to Liesel from Ilsa Herman. It marks an important phase in their relationship. Ilsa leaves it in the window of the library for Liesel to "steal." Liesel sees Ilsa watching from inside the library as she takes it, and the two share an awkward wave. This opens the window for a future friendship between them and a healing of the old wounds they've inflicted on each other.
Now, you might have asked yourself, "Why are we given all those definitions from the dictionary in a part of the story that happens before Ilsa gives Liesel the dictionary?" Well, Death is telling us the story the day after Liesel's death, and he's using her book as a reference. When Liesel begins writing her book, she already has the dictionary. She's using it while she writes one of the most difficult parts of her story—the part where Hans gives bread to a Jewish prisoner who is being marched to the nearby concentration camp, Dachau.
The reason this is painful for her to write about is because the incident leads to a) the Jewish man and Hans being whipped on the street; b) Max fleeing the house on Himmel Street; and c) Hans being conscripted into the military. Meaning, it leads to Liesel losing two of the most important people in her life. When Liesel is writing, Hans is back home, but Liesel doesn't know if Max is alive.
The use of the dictionary definitions in this section highlight the fact that Liesel is searching, anguishing over the right words to use in telling this most painful part of her story. As you'll notice, sometimes the words and the definitions fail. When Max leaves the house, there is "Schweigen—Silence" (59.11), which the dictionary defines as "The absence of sound or noise" (59.11).
Fair enough, but it's with the "Related words: […] calmness, peace" (59.11) that Liesel runs into a problem. Again, we see her awareness of words and their nuances sharpening as her character deepens and becomes more defined. So, in addition to a gesture of friendship, Ilsa Herman is giving Liesel tools to pursue her calling as a word shaker when she gives her the dictionary.
There were people everywhere on the city street, but the stranger could not have been more alone if he were empty. (72.14)
That's a quote from The Last Human Stranger. We don't know much more about it other than that it's the last book that Liesel steals from the mayor's library. Of course, the title and the quote do tell us plenty. They sum up how Liesel is feeling as the number of days since Max left pile up, and as she finally lets go of the nightmare of Werner. She's frustrated with her world and is having trouble keeping up hope. We also see allusions to Hans, Rudy, and Liesel giving bread to Jewish prisoners marching to Dachau. Each Jewish person walking is a stranger—surrounded by people but all alone.
Similarly, people publicly resisting—even with something as small as a crust of bread—are strangers in a crowd of indifference. Being strange in this context means being alone, being lonely, being alienated, being hungry and cold, as so many people are during these times. But, being strange also means looking for unusual ways to cope in the strange world.
But what does it mean to be the last human stranger? We think it could mean a few things. First a hopeful one—once the last human stranger is no longer strange, no human will be strange to any other human. But there's another way you could look at it. Assuming that all humans are strangers, when the last human stranger is dead, there will be no more humans.
Put another way, if Hitler succeeded in killing all the people on his current strange list, he would make another list, and then another, until nobody's left. The complexity of this book's title alone alludes to the growing complexity of Liesel's way of looking at and living in the world, in addition her loneliness and alienation.
It almost always conjures images of Max. The book prepares her to make contact with him, at all costs, when she sees him marching to Dachau after being captured by the Nazis. In that scene, we see Liesel risk her life when she tries to follow him. This is a complicated moment for her. On the one hand, she's being brave and making a stand against injustice. On the other hand, her behavior could have cost her and Max their lives. Luckily, Rudy intervenes. The irony here, of course, is that Max survives the war and Rudy does not.
The Book Thief is the name of the book Liesel writes over the period leading up to the bombing of Himmel Street. It's the book Death rescues from the garbage and returns to Liesel when she dies. It's the book that literally saves her life.
If she hadn't been editing it in the basement on the night of the Himmel Street bombing, she would have died along with everybody else. The concentration Liesel summons points again to her strength of character. Her ability to find a positive outlet for her emotions also says a lot about her. Of course, she didn't just decide to write a book all on her own. She has a little help from Ilsa Hermann. This points to the irony of the title.
Ilsa gives her the blank book after Liesel has given up book thievery and books in general. Though we're sure she reads again, her book marks her graduation from reader to serious author. What we want to know is if Liesel writes more books when she grows up—and if not, why.
The Book Thief Review Sample: Liesel Character
Liesel Meminger as a Girl “With a Mountain to Climb“
Liesel Meminger is the main character of the book The Book Thief. She is a little, but very strong girl, who has to suffer too much in her life. The Death narrates this story, describes main characters and gives us his own opinion about humans. He says that Liesel is the girl “with a mountain to climb.” Liesel’s first mountain to climb is learning to read. “And she loved the fact that despite her failure in the classroom, her reading and writing were definitely improving and would soon be on the verge of something respectable” (Markus Zusak, 2005).
She wants to learn to read not only because of the school, but because of her own desire and passion to books. “While Liesel sometimes joins up with a gang to steal food and the like, her only thieving passion is for books. Not good books or bad books — just books. From her bedroom to the bomb shelter down the road, reading helps her commune with the living and the dead — and finally, it is the mere existence of stories that proves to be her salvation” (John Green, 2006).
But her main mountain to climb is the way she is passing from being illiterate to understanding how powerful words can be. Liesel is reading to sick Max and believe that it will help him. She is reading to people in the basement because it calms them. The story written by Max helps Liesel to understand the remarkable power of words and how it can be used. It describes Hitler’s use of oratory to rule German people, but young girl is capable of fighting him with words of compassion and love. Liesel falls into despair after seeing Max on the way to Dachau, and rips up a book in Ilsa’s library, wondering what good words are. Ilsa Hermann gives Liesel a book and convinces her to write. Liesel writes the story of her life, ending with the line, “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right” (Markus Zusak, 2005). This line shows us Liesel’s understanding of the power of words and her attempt to write for good purpose.
Death says that Liesel is a girl “with a mountain to climb” because in that hard time of World War II this girl was able not only survive, but find something, that inspires her and encourages other people. She did not lose her courage even when she lost all her family and friends. Despite all bad things happened in her life, we can believe that Liesel Meminger continued her life as one of the strongest and kind people, a person loved even by Death.
John Green. (2006, May 14). The New York Times. Fighting for Their Lives. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/14/books/review/14greenj.html
Markus Zusak. (2006). The Book Thief Knopf Books for Young Reader.
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Death plays a crucial role in this story as he is the one that narrates the events, and often casts the mood of the tale being told. It is he who leads us to the main characters, describes them, and gives an overall perspective of their lives. He also takes time to comment on his job taking souls from bodies, and during the main events of the story, is very busy, as the story takes place during World War II. He describes the color of people's souls as he escorts them away, and the color of the skies when he goes to fetch them. These colors are symbolic of the personalities of the moribund, or of the mood of the world’s events at the time of his arrival.
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