Determined, frightened, brave, and strong. Liesel Meminger is a headstrong girl who will never give up, no matter the task, trial, or problem. Even from the beginning, the readers can easily fall in love with her personality, physical appearance, and overall character. A first look at Liesel. "I saw the book thief three times" (Zusak 5).
We should just leave them! It's no use! Besides, Im getting cold!
No, we shouldn't. Let's bring them back to the train and drop them off at their stop- its only a few minutes away.
Death first introduces Liesel, her outer appearance captivates the readers and perfectly matches her personality. “Everything about her was undernourished. Wirelike shins. Coat hanger arms. She did not produce it easily, but when it came, she had a starving smile. Her hair was close enough brand of German blond, but dangerous eyes. Dark brown” (Zusak 31).During WWII when Hitler was in power over Germany, he despised many physical features including, dark brown eyes. Liesel also reads books written by Jewish authors, that she has stolen from book burnings in Hitler's honor. This is an act of treason against Hitler's reign. Liesel's heart is also important to her life. Her heart is full of her love for books, foster and birth family, friends and her home. After all of her loved ones died from being bombed, she knew that she could not stay there forever and that she had to move on.
I need to find Max. I'm not afraid of those soldiers.
Throughout the book, Liesel is determined. The very first act of this is her determination of learning how to read. Words filled her up, but she did not know why. THe first step she took was writing words that she discovered, or did not understand on the wall."Papa would say a word and the girl would have to spell it aloud and then paint it on the wall, as long as she got it right"(Zusak 72). Liesel wanted to continue, even if it meant long hours in the basement.
Death (the narrator)
In the beginning of the story, Liesel was frightened. Of the world ahead, her brothers death, and how to move on. "Still in disbelief, she started to dig. He couldn't be dead. He couldn't be dead. He couldn't- Within seconds, snow was carved into her skin. Frozen blood was cracked across your hands" (Zusak 23). Liesel's brother was very close to her. She didn't know how she could move on without him in her life.
He can't be dead! He just can't!
LIesel in the middle of the story is very brave. Her act of leaving bread for the Jews was risky-and dangerous. After Liesel's father gave a Jewish man bread, he was whipped. His punishment was being sent to war. That is why they decided to leave out bread. For revenge for her father and Max. "Don't move. If they find us here and match us to the bread, we're history.' Liesel continued" (Zusak 440). Liesel was not afraid of the Nazi soldiers. The only thing that mattered to her was making sure that Max was not in the crowd of Jews.
Liesel! We're going to get caught!
At the very end of the story, Liesel becomes a strong girl. Everyone that she ever loved died in one night, one bomb riad. It especially hurt her when she saw Rudy, Rosa, and Hans covered in rubble from the bomb. "There was only a body now, on the ground, and Liesel lifted him up and hugged him. She wept over the shoulder of Hans Hubermann. Goodbye,Papa,you saved me. You taught me to read. No one can play like you.I'll never drink champagne. No one can play like you" (Zusak 539). When Liesel saw her Papa on the ground, she said her goodbyes and stood up. She knew from experience that crying will not help. Liesel kept fighting, and stayed strong.