Rudy is motivated throughout the novel by his love for Liesel; at one point he retrieves Liesel's book from the icy cold river and asks her for a kiss. Max survives the camp, however, and reunites with Liesel shortly after the war's end. In the quote, Death describes Hans Juniors' eyes as silver but not warm silver. Many of the people living in Molching believe that Frau Hermann is insane. Although something inside told her that this was a crime — after all, her three books were the most precious items she owned — she was compelled to see the thing lit. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. Rosa Hubermann was scared they would kill her and her family for not putting a Nazi flag outside their house.
Liesel's experiences are narrated by Death, who describes both the beauty and destruction of life in this era. She does the washing and ironing for many of Molching's wealthy inhabitants and has Liesel help her with the work, often insulting both Liesel and Hans for their uselessness around the house. Tommy Muller A friend and classmate of Liesel's. I listened to their last, gasping cries. Fritz Hammer An older boy who introduces Liesel and Rudy to the gang of thieves when Arthur Berg was their leader. They liked to be told, and Viktor Chemmel liked to be the teller. Liesel made her way to the corridor, and what she saw truly amazed her, because Rosa Hubermann was at Max Vandenburg's shoulder, watching him gulp down her infamous pea soup.
For most of the journey, he made his way through the book, trying never to look up. Frau Hermann also gives Liesel a journal to write her story in, what becomes The Book Thief, and is there to take Liesel into her home after the Himmel Street bombing kills Liesel's family. Her strict mentality is seen when she reprimands Liesel with the wooden spoon when Liesel comes home from delivering laundry and there is money missing. Thomas Mamer A shop owner who catches Rudy for trying to steal a potato and threatens to call the police, but lets him go when he is convinced of how poor Rudy is. She really does love her family, and she shows that by her ability to keep it together to take care of them and make the most of what she has.
What is invisible becomes visible not unlike Death , what is inanimate becomes animate, what is normal becomes extraordinary. Arthur Berg The fifteen-year-old leader of a small group of thieves. However, as the story goes on, Rosa's personality becomes more complex than her label of a mean foster mother. Rosa shows discipline to Liesel with her constant scolding. Sleepy air seemed to have followed her. At a makeshift hospital, he sees his brother Robert die. She could take a Watschen from nuns and Rosas, but it hurt so much more from Papa.
The fireworks could be related to the burning of the books because there both fire, but the fireworks are a little less dark than the burning books are. Ilsa takes a liking to Liesel: she witnesses Liesel stealing a book from the book burning and invites Liesel into her home library to read. Max is wracked with anguish and guilt over leaving his family to save himself, but he comes to befriend Liesel as the two share their respective nightmares. Death starts off by describing Hitler's birthday. You taught me to read.
Liesel's father was taken away by the Nazis for being a Communist, and Paula meets the same fate. She should've been dead but she's not. The scrawled words of practice stood magnificently on the wall by the stairs, jagged and childlike and sweet. Michael Holtzapfel One of Frau Holtzapfel's sons, Michael served in the German Army in the Battle of Stalingrad, where his hand was severely wounded. What I mean by that is that she has the capability to take hold of a messy situation. They walk down the tree trunk, and although most of the indoctrinated people return to Hitler's forest, others quietly follow the two friends. Her aggressive attitude also shows her seriousness in any matter and that she portrays more of a tougher personality than her husband for example.
The hider of a Jew? We meet Hans Junior and soon after learn of the tension he has created in the Hubermann household. Described as a twitchy kid, Tommy has hearing problems due to a chronic ear infection. Instead, she comes across as more of the man of the house, while Hans portrays more of the genuine loving, caring mother figure. Hans Hubermann… The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic. Hans Hubermann Liesel's silver-eyed foster father. Erik Vandenburg Max's father who served in World War I with Hans. She is one of the more dominant persons in the Hubermann household.
She is a complicated character, a paradox. When she came to write her story, she would wonder exactly when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything. For example, when Liesel does not meet the high expectations that Rosa has for her, she is quick to insult and give a Watschen, a beating. She only wants the best for her new daughter and feels that being harsh and hard on Liesel will help her later in her life. She is assigned to write a letter to someone for school and at first, she doesn't take it seriously. Described as an arrogant hothead and a poor gambler, he accuses Hans of cheating at cards. Death describes Rosa as a good woman for a crisis: she maintains order in the household through difficult times, but her spirit is steadily beat down by several the events in the novel, e.