The Book Thief Essay

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PART FOUR:
Why does Max create The Standover Man for Liesel? What is significant about the materials he uses to make the book?
The Standover Man is written for Liesel, firstly because he felt guilty that he had not given her a birthday present, and secondly because he knows she loved books and reading, and wanted her to have a piece of him and his life. The pages of Mein Kampf, ironically, the one piece of work which would possibly, and utterly turn her against him, were transformed into something which would bond them together even closer.
Hans Junior catches Liesel reading, The Shoulder Shrug, at the table in his presence. "What trash is this girl reading? She should be reading Mein Kampf." He says. Ironically, this turns out to happen, but in the figurative sense. Liesel realizes that evil words can be outweighed with good ones. Max's story of getting to the Hubermann household is due to the disguise of the Mein Kampf, and his story then becomes "imprinted" on the pages of the book, which he later gives to Liesel.PART FIVE:
What is significant about the book entitled The Whistler? Is there a common theme that connects the books Liesel has stolen?
The Whistler is a book that describes a sneaky criminal on the run from the police, but who gets away with his crimes. Liesel is instantly drawn to this book, unlike others, "...one afternoon, she found one she could not put down. It was called The Whistler." Liesel is reading this book when the mayor's wife let's her know that she cannot have Rosa Hubermann to work for her any more.This book is given to her by Ilsa as a compensation, and this book becomes rejected from Liesel, who is outraged by the outcome of events and snubs her. After this, Liesel begins a frequent action which lives up to her name of a book-thief - she no longer comes through the door to read the books, but she has to act sneaky and climb through the window. She also believes she will get away with her "crime". This reflects the character within The Whistler, to the character of Liesel, and the theme of criminality and paranoia.
Rudy also expresses his love for Liesel by saving the book when it is thrown into the river by their rival gang, going through the cold and the water to get it. The Whistler is also the book that Liesel reads to quiet and calm the neighbors when they are in the basement shelter during the air raids. In fact, her reading so impresses one of her neighbors that she asks for her to come read a chapter a day in exchange for rations, which becomes a source of help to the Hubermann household.

PART SIX
In what ways does this novel offer an unusual characterization of "Death"? Death is supposed to be an agent of fear and something to be avoided or afraid of. Yet, in the Book Thief, he is portrayed as somebody sympathetic, human, and even depressed. He complains often about his job and his workload, expresses feeling for the souls he has to deal with, and jabs his opinions on everything and everybody,...

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