Liesel's Comfort During The Air Raid In The Book Thief

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Nazis are members of the National Socialist German Workers Party that controlled Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler. Germany was the place where discrimination against Jews was supported, and in some cases hated by people like Hans, Liesel, and Rosa. Liesel and her foster family go through this terrible time and unfortunately, everybody died except for Liesel. Liesel, her foster family and few other people stood by what was right throughout the novel and did not give in to Hitler’s convincing propaganda. Even though all of this terrible discrimination and cruelty is going on throughout the novel, Liesel performs small, loving, individual acts that gives people comfort, happiness, friendship, and meaning in a time of poverty, pain, and grief. Liesel comforts many people in The Book Thief, but I believe that one excellent example is during the air raid. Liesel…show more content…
Rudy is a friend that Liesel met when she first arrived on Himmel street. He stands by her side, and she stands by his side throughout the entire novel. Even though Rudy wants more than friendship, Liesel stands by his side and helps him through many different hard times. For example, it says, “He’d have cried and turned and smiled if only he could have seen the book thief on her hands and knees, next to his decimated body. He’d have been glad to witness her kissing his dusty, bomb-hit lips.” (Markus 242). Liesel was always a very good friend of Rudy’s, but when it says how depressed she was when he died, it goes to show that Liesel was Rudy’s best friend and she always would be. It’s ironic that after Rudy died, Liesel is so sad that she took the step she never wanted to take and kisses Rudy Steiner. It also says that Rudy would have been pleased to see Liesel kissing him. That goes to show how much their friendship is and how much they rely upon each other for
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