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The Book Thief Part 9 Essay

1042 words - 5 pages

Summary:
• Liesel sneaks into Ilsa’s library and steals The Last Human Stranger along with the plate of cookies left on the window. Rudy and Liesel eat half of the plate of cookies and share the rest with Tommy Müller.
• Near Essen, Hans and the men of LSE play cards for cigarettes. Zucker gloats when he wins but Hans’s shares his winnings with his colleagues.
• Michael comes back from war injured and informs Rosa of his brothers passing and that Hans Junior is alive. Michael asks Liesel to read to his grieving Mother at her house.
• Rosa is grieving over the absence of her husband, Hans, while holding his accordion. Rosa hopes that Hans and her son will both return home safely.
• The driver loses control of the truck when a tire blows and Zucker is the only one to die in the accident. Hans feels remorse because Zucker was sitting in his seat and feels he should have been the one to die instead of surviving with only an injured leg. Hans is free from his duty due to his generosity with cigarettes.
• Liesel and Rosa receive a letter in February from Hans declaring that he will be returning home shortly. Barbara Steiner is overjoyed about the news and Rudy gives the impression of being cheerful, but questions why his father is not coming home but Hans is.
• Rudy takes his metal tool box that contains tools to help him break into a wealthy resident’s house and brings a teddy bear to calm down a child if they encounter one. In the end, Rudy cannot bring himself to steal.
• During the air raid in March, Frau doesn’t agree to leave her home, so she is left behind. When a fire is spotted in the forest, Rudy heads to the site carrying his toolbox, with Liesel following. Rudy places the teddy bear on the pilot of the crashed plane and the pilot thanks him.
• Once Hans recovers, he returns home for a week before going to Munich to do a desk job. Hans recounts the events that occurred to him to his family.
Character Development:
Liesel Meminger
• She bonds with Ilsa when she finds out that the library belongs to her and that they share the same love of words.
• “She didn’t know why it was so important, but she enjoyed the fact that the roomful of books belonged to the women.” (p.461)
Ilsa Hermann
• Her relationship is further developed with Liesel when she explains that the library belongs to her and they share the same love of words.
• “They’re mostly mine. Some are my husbands; some were my son’s, as you know.” (p.461)
Rudy Steiner
• He becomes furious about his father’s enlistment and questions why Hans returns home and his father isn’t.
• “Rudy smiled and laughed, and Liesel could see that he was at least trying. However, she could also sense the bitter taste of questions in his mouth. Why him? Why Hans Hubermann and not Alex Steiner. He had a point.” (p.479)
Hans Hubermann
• He feels guilt over Zucker’s passing away during the accident...

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