Liesel's Relationships by kayla kerbs on Prezi
Liesel and Rudy The Book Thief, Rudy Steiner, Sophie Nelisse, Markus Zusak, The Book Thief: Sophie Nelisse (Liesel Meminger) and Nico Liersch (Rudy. Although we don't know the details of Liesel's romantic feelings toward Rudy, which seem to be developing Still, some readers find their relationship romantic. At first, Liesel and Rudy are just mere acquaintances, neighbors at the most. It's a great relationship, one that grabs the reader and helps them to want to by Markus Zusak, why does Liesel Meminger tell Mr. Steiner that she kissed his.
And in Germany inhe's starting to get stretched pretty thin.
Characters: The Book Thief (and Friends)
But Liesel Meminger isn't having it all that easy, either. Her baby brother dies, her Communist mother drops Liesel off to live with the Hubermanns in order to keep her from being taken to the death camps, her best friend wants to kiss her all the time, she's hiding a Jew in the basement, and, even though she can't really read, she seems to have an addiction to stealing books. But Liesel is tough, and smart, and she's surrounded by some amazing people, even during the height of Hitler's reign over Germany, so maybe that's why Death finds Liesel's life so inspiring.RUDY STEINER ~ FLASHLIGHT
And maybe that's why Death, and I, grieve more than we should any time he has to claim the soul of someone Liesel loves. Oh man, you guys, I love Liesel so, so much. At the beginning of the book, she's illiterate and short-tempered, more likely to punch someone in the face than help them out, and although she retains her awesome tomboyish ferocity, she also blossoms into a kind, caring, thoughtful teenager and adult.
And, can I add an additional category for Dad of the Decade?
Rudy Steiner - The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
Well, this is my book report, so I'm going to. The Cliff Huxtable Award of Awesome Dadhood Hans' patient and gentle upbringing of Liesel is the sort of stuff that little kids and grown adults dream of.
This book - beyond even the coming-of-age story, the thoughts of children in a nation at war, even the haunting and evocative narrative by Death - is a tender and heart-rending portrayal of the love a girl has for her father, and how both parent and child can make the other more than they would be alone. Except for the part where I'd have to live in Germany during WW2. But, you know, other than that part, plz adopt me, Hans! Rudy Steiner is Liesel's best friend, and he's completely in love with her.
In fact, he pretty much won't shut up about it, and is constantly asking for a kiss. Liesel, on the other hand, isn't that interested in being anything more than BFF. I don't think you're seeing the potential here!
Rudy steals food for your family to eat! And totally thinks you're the best soccer or "football" as those crazy Europeans call it player around! How can you top that?? In the end, though, it's Liesel and Rudy's friendship which is far greater than any romantic relationship could be.
Rudy is that best friend who lived down the street from you - the one who, growing up, would tell you that you threw like a girl and then make you play catch on the front lawn, the one who would put bugs on your shoulder to try and make you scream and then pretend that he didn't really want to play with your Barbies, even as he was telling Skipper that the jacket she was wearing was all wrong with that shirt.
I loved my own Rudy growing up, and reading The Book Thief brought back sweet memories for me. Prosetastic Markus Zusak is a poet, guys. I love the way he weaves the language of this book, through poetry by Death, Liesel and Rudy's frank and vulgur gutter German, Max's shy wisdom, Hans' gravitas and Mama Hubermann's irate cursing.
Everyone in the book is so richly drawn, just by the language they use, and the overarching narrative gathers them all together in a finely-threaded lace. Also, I love how the book is laid out; Death foreshadowing the events of the book in his early narrative, and rich allegories of color and nature, which paint an absorbing and heartbreaking picture.
Because a large part of this book is the power of words, it's especially important that Zusak chooses his so well. He has brown, feather-like hair and swampy brown eyes. During the Nazi reign of terror, Hans agrees to shelter Max and hide him from the Nazi party. During his stay at the Hubermanns' house, Max befriends Liesel, because of their shared affinity for words.
He writes two books for her and presents her with a sketchbook that contains his life story, which helps Liesel to develop as a writer and reader, which, in turn, saves her life from the bombs.
She entered depression after the death of her only son in the Great War. Ilsa allows Liesel to visit and read books in her personal library. She also gives Liesel a little black book, which leads Liesel to write her own story, "The Book Thief". Paula Meminger Liesel's Mother [ edit ] Liesel's mother is only mentioned in the story a few times. Liesel's mother met the same fate as her father, but Liesel eventually realizes her mother gave her away to protect her.
Throughout the novel, the deaths of prominent characters reaffirm the presence of mortality. Because the novel takes place during World War II, death and genocide are nearly omnipresent in the novel. Death is presented in a manner that is less distant and threatening. Because Death narrates and explains the reasons behind each character's destruction, as well as explains how he feels that he must take the life of each character, Death is given a sense of care rather than fear.
At one point, Death states "even death has a heart," which reaffirms that there is a care present in the concept of death and dying. As symbolic elements, they provide liberation and identity to the characters who are able to wield their power. They also provide a framework for Liesel's coming of age. In the beginning of the novel, she obtains a book at her brother's funeral, one that she is unable to read. As the story progresses, she slowly learns how to read and write because of the tutelage of her foster father Hans.
At the end of the story, her character arc is heavily defined by her ability to read and write. The development of her literacy mirrors her physical growth and strength developing over the course of the story. Language, reading, and writing also serve as social markers. The wealthy citizens in the story are often portrayed as owning their own libraries and being literate, while the poor characters are illiterate and do not own any books. The Nazi burning of books is also represented in the novel.
Symbolically, Liesel's continuous rescue of the books the Nazis burn represents her reclaiming of freedom and fight against being controlled by the Nazis. Liesel overcomes her traumas by learning to love and be loved by her foster family and her friends. In the beginning of the novel, Liesel is traumatized not only by the death of her brother and her separation from her only family, but also as a result of the larger issues regarding war-torn Germany and the destruction by the Nazi party.
As Liesel's foster father Hans develops a relationship with her, healing and growth are a direct result.