Many characters in The Book Thief suffered tremendously during World War II but coped with it in different ways. Liesel, the main protagonist in The Book Thief, comes with her suffering because of the fact that she wouldn’t accept that her brother Werner is dead. Furthermore, she would constantly have nightmares every night about her brother. Max is a Jewish man who lives in Liesel's house seeking to be concealed away from the public. He suffers from the fact of guilt because he still exists in the world when around in Germany, Jewish people are getting killed day after day due to the Holocaust.
The force of shame triggered Amir to turn his back on his best friend whom he later finds out is his brother, Hassan. Amir framed Hassan by saying he stole from him, “I lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it.” Amir was dishonored by not taking up for Hassan when he was in need of his assistance, so Amir’s shame caught up with him and assumed it would make matters better by attempting to have Baba get rid of him and Ali by framing him. Also, Amir disrespected Hassan and hit him in the chest with a pomegranate, “I hurled the pomegranate at him.”
While living on his own, he failed college and many more. Augusten realizes that his life, though hard, prepared him for a richer life as a writer in the city. Given all he overcomes, such endeavors fail to scare him any longer. Augusten became a stronger than ever because of his challenge in his adolescent
Tom Buchanan is an arrogant, controlling man, who does what he wants not considering about how his actions influence those around him. Tom is also the earliest person to use physical violence in the book, striking Myrtle in a fit of rage when she would not stop shouting Daisy 's name. "Some time toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face discussing, in impassioned voices, whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy 's name. "Daisy! Daisy!
When he grows older, slavery affects him and he becomes prideful, demanding, and cruel to his slaves. He does not treat his slaves well and makes Alice his mistress against her will. Rufus tries to make Alice his mistress against her will and blackmail Dana to let Alice sleep
It all started when she was the one who begged her father to let her go to school. There is where she met Sinita, whose family was killed by Trujillo because of their involvement in the revolution. Sinita told her how terrible Trujillo is. “ I lay awake most of that night, thinking about Sinita’s brother and her uncles and her father and this secret of Trujillo that nobody but Sinita seemed to know about. (Alvarez, 19) “Trujillo, says Bartlett, was a very vain man.
History (including details of time and circumstances of onset, and the evolution of complaint) – Ben described his childhood was a nightmare to him. His mother would tie him to a chair and hit him with hangers. He did not want to go to school because his teacher and classmates would ask him about the bruises on his body. He would steal money from his father and gambled it away. He said gambling is like the only escape of reality and feeling high when he wins.
Once Ben began to talk to Dallas Susuki it wasn’t long till he fell in love with her, even though she confessed to him that she was raped and already had a son. After Dallas told Ben this secret Ben contemplated telling Dallas about his disease but he still refused to tell her. Eventually Ben told Dallas and she became very angry at him. “I couldn’t imagine you’d like me… knowing I was dying made me brave” (254).
This signaled the destruction of their relationship. Even in history, the breaking of promises led to the destruction of relationships. Following his divorce to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, then-King Henry VIII married the young, 20-year old Catherine Howard. Because of his advanced age at the time, the marriage to Howard made Henry feel more youthful, and consequently happier. When Henry discovered that Howard was flirting with one of his courtiers, he was devastated, and ordered her execution (“Henry VIII”).
Rosemary Almond was a housewife that was abused by her husband, Derek Almond. Throughout the book we saw that she really loved her husband, but because of the stress that her husband was going through with the terrorist on the loose and the pressure from the leader he was mean and abusive towards her. She played one of the damsels in distress in the book because she was in situations where she needed to be rescued. First by her husband who abused her and almost shot her, but decided not to because the gun was not loaded. We can see that he hurt her badly in panel 6, page 65 where there was a red spot on her clothes because he slapped her and hit her for asking for them to be intimate.
In the novel Night, Idek shows evil in every way. Idek beats on Eli’s father countless times once to try to get Eli’s gold crown from his mouth. When he wasn’t beating on one of the prisoners he was taking advantage of a young girl at the camp. We see no sign of family in Idek’s life but plenty of evil outbreaks. Even though Idek is also Jewish just like all the other members of the camps and he too treats the prisoners like the German officers would or even worse.
When Paul returns home he acts very weird. He does not relate to anyone who lives in his town anymore because he feels like no one knows how to talk about the war. When Paul arrives home, he is greated with his sick mother who is dying of cancer, and because his family is poor, Paul 's mom will not get the proper medical treatment she deserves. Paul, however, does like the love he recives from his mom and is very grateful for all that she has done for him. He denies that anything bad is happening in the war to comfort his mom ,but Paul knows that death is a very big possiblity.
This is when his nightmare began his living hell started. He isn’t clear on what happened to change his mom and he never will most likely. His mother Catherine’s drive to insanity was very much unnoticed her husband was a fireman and was away for many days at a time. She favorited her other kids while she found any excuse to punish Dave. The older he got the worse it got, Slapped, Smashed into a mirror made to repeat “I’m a bad boy”, Made to look for something for hours for something that has “gone missing”.
Henry in The Good Son, displays many characteristics of a psychopath, and yet only one character catches on to them, and that is Mark. After things become a little too much for Mark to handle, he goes and talks to Henry’s mom and tells her that Henry is a psychopath. She refuses to believe anything he is saying and in return slaps Mark in the face. How can a great mother do such a thing to a child?