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The Book Thief
Transcript of The Book Thief
The time period is 1939-1943,during World War ll and when Hitler was in power. The story takes place in Molching,Germany on Himmel street, in the poor part of town. The weather was mostly always snowy.
On the way to her new foster parents, Liesel's little brother dies,they have a burial, and Liesel picks up a book one of the grave diggers left behind, she can't read though. At Liesel's new home, she automatically has a friendship with her father,Hans Hubermann. He teaches her how to read and comforts her when she has nightmares. Her mother, Rosa Hubermann, is mean and cruel, she gives Liesel the job of washing the neighborhoods clothes.She meets her soon-to-be best friend, Rudy Steiner. At a book burning,for Hitler's birthday, Liesel steals her second book.
Liesel gets books for Christmas,she continues to learn how to read, she also goes into the Mayor's wife's library and she reads in there every week. Due to the war, some problems occur such as; Liesel starts stealing books from the library, she steals food with Rudy,they hide a Jew named Max in their basement, always being paranoid about outsiders finding out about Max, he almost dies, bombings start to happen,Hans Hubermann and Alex Steiner get sent to war for punishment, Max is forced to leave, and Liesel gets whipped by nazi members for talking to Max when he was a prisoner of jews walking down the street. Hans comes back from war because of his broken leg, they try to live as best as they can with the war getting worse and little money.
There is a bombing on Himmel Street, and everyone dies asleep.The only survivor is Liesel, she was saved by being in the basement writing a book. She is devastated and in denial. She kisses Rudy and says goodbye to her mama and papa. She drops her book, Death picks it up, Liesel takes her papa's accordion and leaves.
Liesel lives with the mayor and his wife and eventually works at Alex Steiner's shop when Alex returns safely from war. After the war is over, Max comes to the shop and asks for Liesel. They hug,cry and are once again, reunited.
By: Markus Zusak
Liesel grows up and has a family and grandchildren. She dies at an old age, when Death picks her soul up, they go for a walk. He gives her the book she wrote when she was little. She is in shock, they talk about the book and then Death tells her his perspective on her life and humans.
The main character in the story is Liesel Meminger, also known as The Book Thief. When she arrives in Molching, she is nine years old, she is brave and cares about the peole who love her. She has a passion for books.
Hans Hubermann (Liesel's Foster Father)
Hans is very kind and humble
Teaches Liesel to read
Not a nazi party member
Has been in war
Rosa Hubermann(Liesel's Foster Mother)
Strict and cruel
Takes care of everything
Always in fights with Hans
Has a heart towards the end of the story
Son of the soldier that saved Hans life in war
Hides in the Hubermann's basement
Gets along well with Liesel
Liesel's best friend
Smartest kid in class
The Book Thief
Details from the Exposition
An image from Himmel Street. "The buildings appear to be glued together,mostly small houses and apartment blocks that look nervous. There is murky snow spread out like carpet. There is concrete, empty hat-stand tress, and gray air."-Pg.27
When Liesel has nightmares, Hans calms her down. "Possibly the only good to come out of these nightmares was that it brought Hans Hubermann,her new papa,into the room,to soothe her,to love her." Pg.36
Details from the Rising Action
The mayor's wife's letter to Liesel. " 'When I noticed the first book missing, I thought I had simply misplaced it,but then I saw the outlines of some feet on the floor in certain patches of the light. It made me smile.' " -Pg.369
When Hans has to leave, Liesel doesn't want him to go. "Two hours till goodbye: 'Don't go,Papa.Please.' Her spoon-holding hand is shaking. 'First we lost Max. I can't lose you now,too.' " -Pg.423
Details from the Climax
When Liesel finds Rudy dead after the bombing. " 'Rudy,' she sobbed,'wake up....' She grabbed him by the shirt and gave him just the slightest disbelieving shake.'Wake up,Rudy,' and now, as the sky went on heating and showering ash,Liesel was holding Rudy Steiner's shirt by the front." Pg.535
When Liesel finds her papa dead after the bombing. "Goodbye,Papa,you saved me.You taught me how to read...The book thief wept till she was gently taken away." Pg-538 & 539
Details from the Falling Action
A few years after the bombing. "...Alex Steiner resumed to work in his tailor shop. There was no money in it,but he busied himself there for a few hours a day, and Liesel often accompanied him."-Pg.548
Max returns to Molching. "He approached the counter...Liesel came out.They hugged and cried and fell to the floor."-Pg.548
Details from the Resolution
Liesel grown up. "Liesel Meminger lived to a very old age, far away from Molching and the demise of Himmel Street. She died in a suburb of Sydney...In her final visions, she saw her three children,her grandchildren,her husband, and the long list of lives that merged with hers."-Pg.543 & 544
Death giving back Liesel's book. "I pulled a dusty black book from my pocket. The old woman was astonished. She took it in her hand and said, 'Is this really it?' I nodded." Pg.549
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