Leisel's Relationship In 'The Book Thief'

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Divya Aggarwal 573097 Ms. Yolkowski ENG2D0-D 20 October 2014 The book Thief essay “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are; the ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you no matter what” – Unknown. Throughout the novel, the book thief Liesel faces many problems including her hardships with Max [one of her close friends] her struggle with her family abusing her and lastly Liesel having to lose many important people in her life. Max and Liesel have a very close bond and care for each other. Max is a very big part in Leisel’s life. Leisel’s family loves her a lot and does a lot for her. Leisel’s does mess up but she learns from her mistakes. Meminger…show more content…
Max and Liesel have a very close relationship and they have a lot in common. Max educates Liesel about the Nazi’s and much more. They get along very well together. Mac plays a very important role in Leisel’s life because he helps her through a lot. He makes her stronger, shows her the inhumanity of the Nazi’s and shows her how powerful words can become. “...She was holding Max Vanderburg’s sketchbook. ‘He said to give this to you when you were ready.’ She said” (443). Max had been writing a book just for Liesel and before he left he gave it to Rosa to give to Liesel when she was “ready”. This sketchbook/book was full off powerful words and she felt very special receiving this book because it was mostly about her thoughts. Max has to leave the Hubermann’s residence because he does not want to put Liesel and her whole family in more risk. If he was…show more content…
Hans and Rosa do a lot for Liesel through the book, but Rosa is very abusive even though she loves Liesel very much. Rosa has a very big heart and she loves Liesel very much but she does get a little bit too aggressive and beats Liesel. Liesel helps her mother with the laundry for the rich families and Liesel disobeyed Rosa and she got a watschen, a beating. “Before she could answer, the wooden spoon came down on Liesel Meminger body like the gait of god. Red marks like footprints and they burned” ( ). Liesel thought that her mother would be okay with knowing that Liesel spent the money to ship out the letters she wanted to send to her actual mother despite all the other things, but Liesel was wrong. She took the time to explain what she did to Rosa and Rosa felt bad and said sorry to her. There was a very powerful moment showing how Liesel still has hope that her mother will talk to her or maybe even return despite losing her whole family. Hans cares about Liesel a lot and he helps her a lot throughout the whole novel, but he does something to Liesel that shocked Liesel, but in the end he taught her a lesson and she understood very quickly. “’I hate Führer’, she said. ‘I hate him.’…He clenched his eyes then opened them. He slapped Liesel Meminger squarely in the face. ‘Don’t ever say that!’ His voice was quite but sharp.” (115, 116). The only

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