"Rudy and his sisters each tapped a different domino and they watched them fall until the tower in the middle was brought to its knees...
Kurt, his older brother, arrived in the room. "They look like dead bodies," he said."
"... there's an image of a lonely, overworked typewriter. It sits in a distant, near-empty room. Its keys are faded and a blank sheet awaits patiently upright in the assumed position. It wavers slightly in the breeze from the window. Coffee break is nerly over, A pile of paper the height of a human stands casually by the door. It could easily be smoking"
Liesel was thinking about a chapter from the book "A Song in the Dark" where a young girl promised herself to a young man but he ended up running away with her best friend. The girl writes in her diary that her heart is tired, and this shows personification since she is describing a non living thing and giving it human like characteristics.
As the Hitler Youth Group leaders were talking to Rudy Stiener's parents, him and his siblings were playing domino's to pass the time and keep them distracted. His older brother Kurt walked and said that the domino's were like dead bodies. This is a simile because Kurt was comparing two things using "like or as".
Liesel is imagining a typewriter hard at work in the corner of her kitchen, writing letters to those like Hans and Alex Steiner, saying that they have to go into the war to fight. This image that she is having is a symbol because it is representing the fact that Germany is losing the war to Russia and that they need anyone and everyone they can get to come fight in order to try and beat Russia in a war that Germany is losing.