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Journey & The Book Thief
Transcript of Journey & The Book Thief
Struggled in coming to terms with Max's predicament and her nightmares returned to show the face of her new companion rather than her brother.
Was unable to steal a potato for his family to eat, was ordered to run several laps of the field for stating Hitler's Birthday wrong and was beaten by Franz Deutscher; finally being forced to move divisions. Was rejected again for a kiss off Liesel.
After the bombing of Cologne, had trouble in collecting the thousands of souls.
Remained unhealthy for an extensive period of time after building the snowman in the basement with Hans and Lisel and was unable to receive Liesel's presents.
Changes in Liesel
Liesel learns lessons of friendship, emotion and character in this particular area of the journey. How do such things become a part of the young girl's knowledge?
By taking time to collect thirteen objects to present to Max, and connecting with the Jew whilst explaining each meaning behind her discoveries; she understood the bond they shared and her dependance on his friendship for her wellbeing and ability to grasp the concepts of society in Nazi Germany.
In terms of emotion and character; Liesel learned to bring out a different side to mama. 'The other side of sandpaper' motif from the beginning of the novel is re-introduced as mama was rough and forceful until part six in the book; where Liesel smoothed her out and showed the audience how caring and lighthearted she can be under such worrisome circumstances for Max's health.
Events Impacting Liesel's Journey
Begins early 1942 as a thirteen year old. She strengthens bonds with Max by reporting the weather and picking up thirteen objects or 'presents' that the pair discuss as Max's health improves. Liesel's nightmares now revolve around the image of Max on the train rather than her brother Werner.
Liesel and Rudy:
Up against Viktor Chemmel who throws
into the river. Rudy asks "How about a kiss, Saumensch?" in which he gets rejected, Liesel becoming peculiar at this point.
At the conclusion of part 5, he conducts his three acts of stupidity. Getting caught stealing, punished by Franz Deutscher and moving to the Flieger Division.
Faints at the beginning of part 6. As Hans, Rosa and Liesel fret over his condition; death comes to visit the Jew, deciding against taking his life. Wakes up to receive and discuss Liesel's presents. In hiding from basement inspectors.
Sources of Assistance + Nature of the Journey
In terms of external events, the weather outside allows her to connect with Max.
Liesel gets a lot of influence from mama and papa when Max slips into his coma and believes it's her fault - Rosa hugs her for comfort and Hans assures her that building the snowman despite such cold conditions was the right thing to do. We know this as he says "Liesel...You had to" after her frustration in making Max extremely sick after entering the basement.
The nature of Liesel's journey throughout this particular section of The Book Thief is gradual.
Rudy and Liesel's run-in with Viktor Chemmel before he throws
in the river and Rudy's kiss is rejected, shows Viktor's sense of power over the younger children; "I'll do anything
want." The obstacle and challenge faced is dictatorship overpowering Liesel and Rudy which is also evident in the ruling of Hitler. By Viktor emphasising the I, we are aware of his dominance and attitude of not letting anyone stand in his way.
Liesel's personal statement "Please, Max, just don't die" is relevant to her freting and worry over losing a figure now influential in her life.
A main transformation in Liesel is her new found confidence in several areas of her life. She is more keen to read and expresses herself through 'the power of words.' Ideas based on emotion such as the simple affect the weather places on Max's ability to connect to the outside world is noticed by Liesel as she transforms through complications in her journey and grows in age, by this point of which she is thirteen. She also creates changes evident in Rosa; where she brings out her softer side after getting the school visit reporting Max's state of health.
In relation to the thirteen presents, a direct quote is presented explaining Liesel's thoughts on the matter. "She wondered at first why it mattered so much...If nothing else it showed that she cared." This presents the idea of her friendship towards Max and further elaborates on her dependance surrounding his supportive and older figure.
As further addition of Liesel understanding her mother's character, her plan of getting Rosa to yell at her during school hours so they could discuss Max secretly without suspicion evolved into showing Rosa's softer side. This is depicted through Rosa's actions in a direct quote; "It ended abruptly, with Rosa pulling Liesel close, just for a few seconds."
Complications Liesel endures revolve around Max's state of health in this particular path of the journey. In reference to the Jew it is said "he was the second snowman to be melting away...it was a paradox. The colder he became, the more he melted." Here, a technique is included in the form of a paradox to further portray how strange yet significant it was that building a snowman would bring so much ill-health and worry to Liesel and change her perspective on how Max's health too, affects her.
In pages 315-369 ranging from chapters 'Three Acts of Stupidity by Rudy Steiner' to 'The Schmunzeller', we read a basic plot that outlines the entirety of Max's poor health. These pages also countract the journey of failure evident in Rudy's life to futher support Liesel's lessons learnt and on a basis, aim to stress the conditions of Nazi Germany and what the life for those living under the Führer's reign entails (for the Jewish in particular).
A vary of techniques are shown throughout this section of the journey.
The thirteen presents in which give cause for Liesel and Max to conduct discussion and strengthen their friendship. Rudy's deliberate mistaking of Hitler's Birthday is symoblic of him facing and accepting failure as he wishes to move divisions and this is the best way he knows how.
In the line "Max did not wake up for eight more days" we are aware that he will eventually wake up from his slumber and Liesel can feel content.
Liesel intends to take a piece of the sky to further alert Max of the outside world he's missing. "...It was like a great white beast, and it came from the mountains."