The Book Thief Characterization Project

The Book Thief Characterization Project
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  • The character in The Book Thief Liesel has characterization. "With one eye open, one still in a dream, the book thief, also know as Liesel Meminger..." (Zusak 20). 
  • The Book Thief
  • By Joshua Scocco
  • Liesel's physical description was purple eyes, and blonde hair. Liesel has blonde hair and dark colored eyes. "...hair that was as close enough brand of German blonde, but she had dangerous dark eye" (Zusak 31). Liesel was born with German blonde hair, but had dangerous dark eyes. To Germans, dark eye color meant that you were a dangerous person, but because of Liesel's blonde hair she was still considered German.
  • Dark Eyes
  • Blonde Hair
  • Liesel strongest personality trait through the book was Book thievery. Liesel had stolen books, which made her happy. "She bent down and picked it up and held it firmly in her fingers. The book had silver writing on it" (Zusak 24). Ever since the beginning of the book Liesel has been stealing books, even though at first she couldn't read, she still stole them. When she had stolen the books, it had made her feel special. So the soul reason that Liesel was stealing the books since then beginning of the book was, because it made Liesel feel good.
  • Liesel's character trait during the beginning of the book being aggressive. Liesel was being picked on at school, which enraged her. "When he was set upon, he was slapped and clawed, and obliterated by a girl, who was utterly consumed with rage" (Zusak 78). When Liesel was being bullied at her school, by everyone, including the teacher, except Rudy. This had enraged Liesel a lot, but she kept it in, until Ludwig had gone up to Liesel, and asked if she could tell him the word. When Liesel had tried to speak, Ludwig immediately called Liesel an idiot. That was the last straw, and Liesel just obliterated Ludwig, and let out all of her rage.
  • Liesel's character trait through the middle of the book is being trustworthy. Liesel promised to never say there's a Jew within her basement. "'Remember what you promised me?' The girl concurred. To the wall she said, 'That I would keep a secret" (Zusak 202). Max, a jew, had made his way to the Hubermann's house hold looking for shelter, and Hans agreed to allow Max in. A jew in German during the 1930's-1940's was very risky to hold, as Hiter had brainwashed the German people into hating the Jews. When Liesel was told of this, Hans needed Liesel to stay silent about the entire thing or else Hans, Rosa, and Max would all be in a lot of trouble. 
  • Liesel's character trait at the end of the story sad. Her foster parents and best friend were killed. "The book thief wept till she was gently taken away" (Zusak 534). During one of the Allied bombing attempts, Hans, Rosa, and Rudy weren't all so lucky, and had got hit with the bombings and died. This had caused Liesel to become very sad knowing that her new foster parents had just died, and she had to live with someone else. When Liesel also found out about Rudy's death, this made her feel alone as the people she trusted had all died around her. When Liesel had found Max, she found out that he had been caught, and was being sent to a concentration camp. The only friend that Liesel now had was the mayors wife who had taken Liesel in.
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