The Book Thief Rudy Friendship Analysis

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“Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said “I’m here for you and proved it.” These words perfectly describes the beginning to Liesel and Rudy's friendship. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Rudy and Liesel, younger teenagers, create an unbreakable bond that keeps them together through Germany during World War II. Rudy's outgoing, caring, and loving personality is shown in The Book Thief when he sticks up for his friends, he jumps into the winter water to save Liesel’s book, and how he keeps all of Liesel’s secrets.
Rudy cares so much for his friends, that when he sticks up for them when he’s not supposed to, he is aware of the punishment that could happen. Rudy sticks up Tommy by sticking up for him when Franz Deutscher is yelling at him because he kept marching when he said to stop. Rudy stuck up for Tommy and told Franz that Tommy has bad hearing and Franz made Rudy run. Rudy also protects his friends and I know this because in the book, Rudy comes and grabs Leisel when she is getting whipped, and covers her. Rudy takes the pain that then follows. I think that it takes a real friend and guts to talk back to a nazi in the 1940s. Rudy is also the type of friend to watch out for you, like how he told Liesel to take her shoes off before going into the Mayor's house. I
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Rudy of course would do anything for Liesel, like jumping into a river during winter. Rudy jumped into the water to save the book that got thrown in. Rudy could have said it’s just a book, but he knows how much books mean to Liesel. I think Rudy did this to make Liesel happy, books make Liesel happy. I believe that Rudy did this to get the kiss he has always been dreaming of. I also think that Zusak made Rudy so perfect and sweet to remind the boys in today's age to be like him. I think that Rudy is very caring because he knew Liesel would be upset, and he didn’t want
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