The Book Thief


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  • Rudy shows his true emotions and inspiration of the African American runner, Jesse Owens. At this time, Hitler despised any race other than the Aryan (blue eyes & blonde hair). The significance is that Rudy already possessed the ideal qualities of Hitler but completely contradicted his belief and found inspiration in a hated group of people and connects to the theme of staying true to one's opinions especially in a time of dictatorship. In this scene, Rudy covers himself in ash appear to be black angering the Nazi party.
  • I just wish I was like Jesse Owens, Papa.
  • In this scene, this was the last effort of Rudy to receive a kiss from "the book thief" and will never ask again. Rudy had previously asked numerous times each time failing to succeed with his wishes. Although there is a clear connection between the two. They will never share a kiss until the death of Rudy. It is significant due to Rudy's countless attempts to please the book thief and the tugging relationship between the two which is clear throughout the book. The only thing that tears them apart is death itself showing the reality of the time that they have and the quickness that death can approach.
  • "He stood waist-deep in the water for a few moments longer before climbing out and handing her the book. His pants clung to him, and he did not stop walking. In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief's kiss."
  • How about a kiss, Saumensch?
  • "His eyes closed tighter and opened again. His overalls creased. There was paint and blood on his hands. And bread crumbs. How different from the bread of summer." This was a very significant part because it shows the lack of humanity in the community now. It is frowned upon just to give bread to the starving Jews. This shows how human life and value was based off of appearance and religion. The Nazis then choose Hans to enter the war even though he is much older than the average soldiers.
  • Yes.I must agree. What had Papa done?
  • What was I thinking?...Oh my god, Liesel, what have I done?
  • "Somewhere near Munich, a German Jew was making his way through the darkness. An arrangement had been made to meet Hans Hubermann in four days (that is, if he wasn’t taken away). It was at a place far down the Amper, where a broken bridge leaned among the river and trees.He would make it there, but he would not stay longer than a few minutes. The only thing to be found there when Papa arrived four days later was a note under a rock, at the base of a tree. It was addressed to nobody and contained ony one sentence. THE LAST WORDS OF MAX VANDENBURG You’ve done enough." This shows the significant of the bitter truth for the Jews and shows that Max would most likely already been dead a long time ago if it weren't for Hans and his family. The reality of death for Hans has increasingly become a part of his life and shows the theme of death that overcame many during WWII.
  • In this scene between Max and Leisel, she still shows childish emotions even though she had to grow up very quickly due to all the things she's been through including the death of her brother, moving, a new family, etc. The Idea of Innocence is still present in a time of death and despair showing the humanity remaining within the Hitler period from those who do not agree with his way of rule. It connects to the overall theme of holding on to innocence which will later be lost in the war.
  • I don't know. Rudy is a pain in the neck.
  • The only thing worse than a boy you hate, is a boy you like, right?
  • So... How is Rudy?
  • This is a very important scene in the book because it shows that even the character of death is shocked that there is the bombing of an innocent little street. It shows the clear loss of value in a human life in the time of war. Death is overwhelmed just by the death of all the people in this bloody war and is clearly surprised to see the death of the people he felt emotion for. Once again, it shows the amount of death present in WWII. The street name is known as "Himmel St" which means Heaven this is why even Death is surprised and disturbed to see the amount of death that came to Heaven street.
  • No one would bomb a place named after heaven, would they?
  • Himmel St
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