Liesel Meminger's Relationship In The Book Thief

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Throughout the novel,The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger had many different relationships with many different people. The relationship I will be referring to is Liesel’s relationship with Rudy Steiner. Liesel’s relationship with Rudy grew from two complete strangers to a relationship similar to best friends or siblings in which they could trust each other greatly. This relationship grew due to the fact that they spent a lot of time together, whether it be in their homes or outside, they were frequently together. They cared for each other deeply and they would sacrifice themselves for the other but would never kiss, hold hands, or anything similar to that. They began to learn about each other to the point where they nearly know everything about…show more content…
Either one would be willing to help out the other whenever needed no matter what the circumstances. Just one example of this is when Viktor Chemell and his friends were tormenting Liesel and Rudy. Besides calling Liesel names they snatched the book Liesel was reading,The Whistler. They threatened to throw it in unless Rudy paid an unreasonable price. Rudy tried to prevent this by saying,”Come on, Viktor, don’t do this to her. It’s me you’re after. I’ll do anything you want.”(Zusak 301). This shows how Rudy is telling Viktor that he will do anything as long as Viktor returns the book to Liesel and it shows how much Rudy cares about Liesel. However, as expected Rudy and Liesel did not pay and he threw it in the water. Luckily, Rudy showed once again how much he would be willing to help out Liesel by jumping in the freezing water quickly and grabbing her book before it was completely swept away. This example shows how much they are willing to help each other in their relationship. My relationship with Stefan is similar to this because we are always willing to help each other. One example was when I rode my bike off a ledge into Lake Michigan while it was raining. I got out and I could not find my bike. Right after this Stefan jumped in, found my bike and brought it to the surface. This shows how almost instantly he was right there to help me when needed. Even if he didn’t have to help me find my…show more content…
They trust one another and know that they will always be loyal. One example of this is when Liesel tells Rudy that she had a jew (Max) living in her basement for a long time. This is shown when Liesel says,”It took approximately three quarters of an hour to explain two wars, an accordion, a Jewish fist fighter, and a basement,”(Zusak 517-518). This shows that Liesel trusts Rudy so much that she is willing to tell him a secret that could risk her parents well being if told to anyone else. If Rudy were to tell a Nazi they would most likely take away Liesel’s parents. However, Liesel has enough trust in Rudy that she knows he will never tell anyone else. This aspect is also in my relationship with Stefan. One example was I found out I was accepted into Lane and I did not want to tell many people until i was sure that I would go. However, I had enough trust in Stefan that I could tell him that I was accepted and might leave my now former school. I did not have to worry about him possibly telling many other people about it because I knew he would not break his promise. This shows that I can completely trust Stefan just like Liesel can completely trust
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