The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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  • Called to Adventure
  • Threshold
  • Treshold Guardian/mentor
  • Liesel Meminger was sent to foster homes. She was separated from her mother and her brother, who passed away during the trip. In her new home in Molching, Germany, she slowly developed a love for books, which started her journey.
  • Challenges and Temptation
  • After getting used to her new home, her foster-father, Hans Hubermann, taught her how to read her first book, the Gravedigger's Handbook. After she learned the basics of reading, she grew a love for books, and placed reading as part of her new life. But her love for books also put her life on the line. During that time, Nazi Germany enjoyed burning books in large bonfires that they feel were "offensive" to the government, such as pieces of literature written by poets and scholars. They were only allowed to read "Mein Kampf," an autobiography on Adolf Hitler. Therefore, as she begins to read "illegal" books, she starts to learn more about the current government.
  • Challenges and Temptation (2)
  • Throughout the story, Liesel was supported by Hans, her foster-father. He provided for him books and taught her how to read. She was also supported by a runaway Jew, named Max Vandenburg, who became friends with Liesel during his stay, and still continued to be friends after he survived the concentration camp. They're relatable in many ways, especially through their love for books. Another friend was Rudy Steiner, who was loyal and kind to her. He would protect her from other guys and help her when she first stepped on the streets of Molching.
  • Challenges and temptation (3)
  • COME BACK!!! Gimme back my apples!!!
  • Every year for the Fuhrer's birthday, the country would burn books and pieces of literature in big bonfires. During these moments, Liesel was tempted to go and pick up books that have not been burnt by the flames. Although this was beneficial to her, it could also cost Liesel her life and the lives of her new family, since the Nazis do not want anyone to read anything but the Mein Kampf. Therefore, reading other books is prohibited. This is a challenge for Liesel because she wanted to continue with her studying, but continuing means putting lives on the line.
  • Liesel suffers mentally throughout Hitler's reign over Germany. She lost her brother, and her mother was nowhere to be found. As time goes on, she soon discovers that the person behind her mother's death was none other than the Fuhrer. She then develops an intense hatred for Hitler, the person she used to support and admire. She also suffers from the worry that her family might get arrested for sheltering Max, a Jew, in their basement. So, she had to keep his identity secret to the rest of the world. To her, its like a heavy burden in her life.
  • Although she suffers from mental challenges, she also suffers from challenges in her everyday life also. One is that since her family doesn't seem to make enough money, she attempted to continue her studies of literature by stealing books from a rich house. Although reluctant at first, she then gets used to it and starts stealing on a weekly basis or whenever she finishes a book. She also suffers from the coldness from her neighbors. Her mother, Rosa Hubermann, cleans laundry for a living, so her daily income depends on her customers. After some time, they stopped sending her their laundry, which causes frusteration in the family.
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