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The Book Thief: Relationships of Liesel Meminger

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Saipriya Lammata

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Transcript of The Book Thief: Relationships of Liesel Meminger

The German name
means "God is my oath." Like the name, the character of Liesel consists of characteristics that pertain to the true meaning of her name. Liesel believes in the true power of words, and it is through these words she tries to find herself and her true freedom.
Liesel Meminger is a female. As a woman, Liesel expresses greater power through her actions and motives. Her importance and value increase greatly.
These quotations represent what Liesel says. "The words were thrown at the steps and Liesel could feel the slush of anger, stirring hotly in her stomach. "I hate the
," she said. "I
him"" (Zusak ). These words bring out Liesel's true feelings. Once she realizes that her own family is involved, she opposes the Fuhrer. ""It was my fault," Liesel answered. "Completely. I insulted the mayor's wife and told her to stop crying over her dead son. I called her pathetic. That was when they fired you"" (Zusak 264). These words show Liesel opens up with the truth. This honesty attributes to her personality and character.
These quotations represent what Liesel does. "When she reached her hand in, she was bitten, but on the second attempt, she made sure she was fast enough. She latched onto the closest of the books" (Zusak 120). As one of her acts of book thievery, Liesel steals a book from a fire. From this act, one can tell that Liesel will save that which are important to her. "Liesel sat on cold clean sheets, ashamed, elated. [...] She was going to read the book" (Zusak 65). In the beginning of the story, Papa teaches Liesel how to read. Liesel recognizes the true power of books and words and the ideas these works can spread form one person to another.
These following quotations represent where Liesel goes. "...Liesel would come home from school and walk the streets of Molching with her mama..." (Zusak 41). Liesel travels along with Mama and helps with the washing and ironing. Liesel becomes exposed to new influences and new ideas. "Steadily, the room shrank, till the book thief could touch the shelves within a few small steps" (Zusak 135). The mayor's wife invites Liesel to visit their library. Liesel falls in love with the numerous books in the library.
These following quotations represent what Liesel sees. "...the words distributed into a room that was fullfull of cold air and books" (Zusak 134). Liesel starts a routine of visiting the mayor's wife's library because of Liesel's love for books. "She remained on the steps, waiting for Papa, watching the stray ash and the corpse of collected books" (Zusak 114). The book burning appalls and horrifies Liesel; she just does not see the reason of burning influential and powerful books.
These quotations represent Liesel's thoughts. "The
. He was the
that Hans and Rosa Hubermann were talking about that evening when she first wrote to her mother. She knew it, but she had to ask" (Zusak 115). When Liesel realizes her mother and brother might have een torn away from her life by the Fuhrer, Liesel forms very different opinions than before. "In bed, she would lie awake, imagining him below, in the basement. In her bedtime visions, he always slept fully clothed, shoes included, just in case he needed to flee again. He slept with one eye open" (Zusak 248). These words show that Liesel cares greatly for Max and his safety. She imagines him as prepared to leave, even in his sleep.
Thee quotations represent Liesel's dark thoughts. "He returned to his sleep, and behind her, the girl dragged the same thought up the steps. You scared me, Max" (Zusak 281). When Liesel sees Max's book of drawings, some of the drawing scare her. These dark thoughts fill and start to swirl in her mind. "When they angled toward it, Rudy asked just how in God's name they were going to get inside, but Liesel knew" (Zusak 286). Another dark thought of Liesel's is planning a theft. Thievery becomes one of her main dark thoughts.
Hans Huberman (Papa)
Max's name holds significance because he is Jewish, therefore, so is his name. Max is a 24 year old man who is the son of Hans war friend Erik. He says he is a fist fighter, and explains his life through his book "The Standover Man."
Places he goes to: Although he cannot go anywhere besides the basement, he goes many places in his dreams such as a boxing match, and his past., this is seen when Death talks about how Max and Liesel swapped nightmares, showing the reader that their relationship with close and insightful. "The Jew: 'I see myself turning around, and waving goodbye'" (220). Since Max and Liesel trust each other to talk about their personal nightmares, the reader can conclude that Max's relationship with Liesel is much deeper than almost anyone else. Max also daydreams himself away to a boxing match against Hitler because of his anger and frustration. This is seen when Max's thoughts say "Around him, it all materialized. White light lowered itself into a boxing ring and a crowd stood and murmured-that magical sound of many people talking all at once" (251) giving the reader the assumption that Max enters spiritual settings rather than physical.
Things Max thinks and says: Max thinks he causes nothing but trouble and burdens for Hans and Rosa and sometimes hates himself and life and that him and Liesel have a lot in common. This is proven when Death tells Max's emotions when he thanks the Hubermans, and in his book "The Standover Man," "Thank you. For Max Vandenburg, those were the two most pitiful words he could possibly say..." (208), "As time passed by, the girl and I realized we had things in common" (231), by revealing Max thoughts, Death explains to the reader how Max truly felt about staying with the Hubermans and how similar he feels to Liesel.
Max's Darkest thoughts: When he daydreams in the dark, one of his darkest thought is revealed to the reader. Death says Max dreams of entering a boxing match with Adolf Hitler and describes it by saying "In the basement of 33 Himmel Street, Max Vandenburg could feel the fists of an entire nation. One by one they climbed into the ring to beat him down" (254). By giving us an insight to Max's mind, the reader can see what Max really feels like towards the present and life. We see more of Max's darkest thoughts when Max writes "The Standover Man" for Liesel's birthday. In it, Max describes his life as a children's book, and tells of when he arrived at the Huberman's and met Liesel. Max writes "It makes me understand that the best standover man I've ever known is not a man at all" (235). By referring to a girl he meets in his book, Max explains that Liesel is one of the best people he has ever met, showing that Liesel means a lot to Max, and Max means a lot to Liesel because of what they have both been through.
Max Vandenburg
"Rudy" is the abbreviation of Rudolph , and a Germane name that carries the meaning of "famed wolf." The portrayal of Rudy Steiner's character in Markus Zusak's Book Thief is both vibrant and captivating. The meaning of Rudy's name could perhaps be a foreshadowing of the significance of his character to the book. Rudy, a male character, quickly friends the protagonist Liesel.
Through the book he contributes a various amount of important conversations, actions, and thought. Zusak also depicts the places he travels to and from with Liesel by his side.

"One day, Liesel,' he said, "you'll be dying to kiss me" (Zusak 55).

"The question was repeated, and the very stupid Rudy Steiner, who knew it all too well that it was April 20, 1889, answered with the birth of Christ" (Zusak 295).

"It was Rudy who stopped first. He tapped Liesel in the ribs, witht he back of his hand. 'Is rhat window,' he wihispered, 'open" (Zusak 286). Rudy went along with Liesel in her act of stealing from the Mayor's house.

"After a few miles, they reached the first farm.What greeted them was a shock" (Zusak 275). Rudy and Liesel go on a stealing mission le by Viktor hemmel.

""Liesel took Rudy's hand and they left, but not before Rudy turned one last time and spat some blood and saliva at Viktor Chemmel's feet. It evoke one final remark" (Zusak 276.).

"A book floated down the Amper River. A boy jumped in, cuaght up to it and held his right hand. He grinned. He sood waist-deep in the icy, Decemberish water" (Zusak 241).

"He laughed. "Goodnight, book thief" (Zusak 292). Rudy witnesses Liesel stealing a book, which results in Liesel earning her title .
"After a few miles, they reached the first farm. What greeted them was a shock" (Zusaak 275). Here Rudy, along with Liesel, was caught by surprise when seeing that the farm they planted to steal from was useless.

"Rudy to put mildly, was incensed. Who did Liesel Meminger think she was telling him she had to take the washing and ironing alone today? Wasn't he good enough to walk the streets with her" (Zusak 143).

"He'd endured problem after problem at the Hitler Youth. All he was wanted was a small scrap of triumph and he was determined to get it" (Zusak 283).

Dark thoughts:
"Rudy Steiner was afraid of the book thief's kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her incredibly so hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them" (Zusak 303).

"Either that, or the very sight of Franz Deutscher gave him the urge to destroy himself" (Zusak 297).
Rudy Steiner
The Book Thief
: Relationships
of Liesel Meminger

The name
has an Italian root. The word means "rose." Even though a rose is a beautiful flower, the rose's stem itself is covered in thorns.
Rosa Hubermann is a female. As a female, Rosa goes through heavier experiences and impacts. Her role increases more as a woman. As a woman, she also has a larger impact on Liesel as well because they are are both women in a World War II world.
These quotations represent what Rosa says. ""When you're out on that street, you take the bag to each place and you bring it straight home,
the money, even though it's next to nothing"" (Zusak 92). From this quotation, one can tell that Rosa is a strict woman who does not waste her time. She influences this strictness upon Liesel. "With typical fistful of words, Rosa said, "Now listen, Liesel--from now on you call me Mama""(Zusak 35). No mater how strict or harsh Mama may seem, this hard shell on the outside of her character covers a soft, loving heart. Rosa shows her love for Liesel through harshness and mean words, just as God shows his love for us through pain and suffering.
These quotations represent what Rosa does. "There was nothing but dry paint, difficult breath, and the deluge of abuse from Rose" (Zusak 33). "Abuse from Rosa" becomes the key focus of this quotation. Rosa does yell and shout at Papa and Liesel with harsh and cruel words. However, she showed love and affection through this harshness. "To supplement the Hubermann income, she did the washing and ironing for five of the wealthier households in Molching" (Zusak 34). To support the household, Rosa washed and ironed clothes from around the neighborhood.
These quotations represent where Rosa goes. "A few times a week, Liesel would come home from school and walk the streets of Molching with her mama, picking up and delivering washing and ironing from the wealthier part so town. Knaupt Strasse, Heide Strasse. A few others" (Zusak 41). To get the washing and ironing done, Rosa went around the wealthier parts of Molching in order to get the clothes. The high maintenance and richness of these certain parts of town affected Rosa in rather negative ways. "The kitchen was where the action was" (Zusak 43). Many scenes of the book take place in the kitchen. The kitchen seems to symbolize a place of home and hope. The kitchen is also the place where Liesel sees Max for the firs time. Especially for Rosa and Liesel, the kitchen becomes a place of home and security.

These quotations represent Rosa's thoughts. "...she would curse these rich people, with all their money and laziness" (Zusak 41). Mama did not appreciate the fact that the wealthy did nothing to help out the less fortunate or the poor. Her harsh words reflected her thoughts about the wealthy. "Mama was grave. Her plump figure glowed with worry. Somehow, though, there was also a look of triumph on her face, and it was not the triumph of having saved another human being from persecution. It was something more along the lines of, See? At least
not complaining" (Zusak 197). Through Rosa's words, Rosa seems to be expressing appreciation or this frightened Jew in her kitchen. Her thoughts show the true caring nature of Rosa. Just like a rose, Rosa shows beauty amidst the thords, or harsh words. This kind nature towards the Jew becomes the Liesel's reassurance that this person is safe.
These quotations represent Rosa's dark thoughts. "She possessed the unique ability to aggravate almost anyone she ever met" (Zusak 35). Although this quotation does not directly show a dark though of Rosa's, a dark concept or thought of Rosa's reflects through her words. Anger is definitely not Rosa's best attribute; of course, this anger has an effect on Liesel. ""That
, that filthy pig--you call him Papa,
? Understand"" (Zusak 35)? Another dark thought or attribut of Rosa's becomes her usage of words and slang. These words are harsh in tone and usage. Even though she means well, theses words become a dark attribute of hers. Liesel starts to use the same slang and language in her own vocabulary.
Hans is a German name that means "gift from God". The author might have chosen this because Hans is a gift toward Leisel, he is always there to help and protect her.
Hans Huberman is a male. This could be significant to the booke because as a man he should be a part of the Nazi party and enforce the German law.
~~"I will come tomorrow, he said, and repaint your d00r." (Zusak 181) Walking around the town, Hans witnesses many Jews being terrorized and treated unfairly, in some cases as it they aren't even humans. This quote shows how Hans tries to be a good person and help the Jews.
~~"Of course not, Leisel. You are safe." (Zusak 137) Hans is the one person who knows about the stolen books and he promises to keep it a secret.
~~"He slapped Leisel Meminger squarely in the face" (Zusak 116). Hans doesn't do this to hurt Leisel but because he knows if she continues to say it in public she could possibly be killed
~~"Han and Max placed the matress beneath the steps and built a wall of drop sheets at the side."(Zusak 208)
~~"He rolled up all of his filthy cigarettes, went to the market when it was in town, and traded them with some gypsy" (Zusak 89).Hans knows how much Leisel loves book so he gave up what he loved in order to get her more books.
~~"Possibly the only good to come out of these nightmares was that it brought Hans Huberman, her new papa into the room, to soothe her, to love her."(Zusak 36)
~~"DId he bend down and embrace his foster daughter, as he wanted to?" (Zusak 116) Inside Hans is a bit happy that his daughter doesnt like Hitler, but even beyond that he knows that if she keeps having these feelings it could make her life horrible.
~~" Did he telll her that he was sorry for what was happening to her, to her mother, for what had happened to her brother?" (Zusak 116)
Dark thoughts:
~~"At the bottom of the steps, Papa stood erect and cocked his arms." (Zusak 116) Hans doesn't want to be mean toward Leisel but he has to so she can learn what is right and wrong.
~~"...wondering exactly what kind of threat this book posed to the hearts and minds of German people." (Zusak 136) This was a dark thought of fear, a thought of how this book of a stack of papers could be so threatening to the German people. He knows that if he or Leisel gets caught with this book it could be serious trouble because there was a reason that the Germans wanted it burned.

By: Daniel Olvera, Giselle Gomez, Victoria Mack, & Saipriya Lammata
Mr. Hall
English II Pre-AP/ Block G
25 April 2014

These quotations represent what Rosa sees. "...Liesel would come home from school and walk the streets of Molching with her mama, picking up and delivering washing and ironing from the wealthier parts of town" (Zusak 41). Rosa sees the wealthier parts of towns; the sight of this wealth reflects upon the anger of Rosa because these wealthy people do not care enough to help out the poor. "...Rosa Hubermann was at Max Vandenburg's shoulder, watching him gulp down her infamous pea soup" (Zusak 197). Another sight becomes when Rosa first sees Max. Contrary to the expected reaction, Rosa does not scream or yell at the frightened Jew. She remains calm and offers Max some food.
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