The Book Thief Hero's Journey

The Book Thief Hero's Journey

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  • The Ordinary World 
  • The Call to Adventure 
  • Refusal of the Call
  • At the beginning of the book Liesel and her mother and brother are on a train on their way to Munich. They are going to Munich because Liesel and her brother are going to a foster family. "The Book thief and her brother were traveling down toward Munich, where they would be given over to foster parents." (pg.19).
  • Meeting With the Mentor/Helper
  • Liesels brother dies on the train on the way to Munich, Liesel and her mother stop in  the next town to bury him. Liesle notices that one of the gravediggers drooped something. "There was something black and rectangular lodged in the snow only the girl saw it" (pg.24). 
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • "I see myself turning around and waving goodbye" "What do you see?" (pg.220)
  • Liesel has made it to number 33 Himmel street where Rosa and Hans Huberman live. She noticed that Rosa seems to be a bit stern but Hans welcomes her with open arms. "It took nearly fifteen minutes to coax her from the car. It was the tall man who did it. Quietly." (pg.28).
  • Tests and Enemies
  • "Tell me what do you see when dream like that?" "I also have nightmares" "A train and my dead brother" (pg.220)
  • Liesel is having nightmares regularly she wakes up screaming and scared. she is dreaming of her dead brother. Hans comes in and comforts her, one time when she wets the bed so Hans takes the sheets off the bed that is when he finds the Gravediggers hand book. this is where Hans and Liesel's reading begins and it only grows. "Possibly the only good to come out of these nightmares was that it brought Hans Huberman, her new papa, into the the room, to soothe her, to love her." (pg.36)
  • On Hitlers birthday the whole town comes together for a book burning to celebrate. Liesel is watching intensely waiting for her opportunity to gain some new reading material. once the fire is pretty much done and most people have gone home Liesel sees her opportunity and steals a book from the fire. "I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that's where they begin Their great skill is their capacity to escalate" (pg.109)
  • By this time Max has already been at 33 Himmel street for awhile but now he and Liesel are bonding. Both of them have nightmares so they talk about them and compare. This is how they begin to become friends as they have found they have something in common.
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