In every story the characters are the ones who captivate a reader. In Zusak’s novel “The book thief” he makes an effort to create characters with enough personality that they didn’t even need to be described. There are many attitudes and reactions that characters have trough out the book, and they give away who they really are. The characters seem so real that at a certain point, the reader could forget the characters are not real. One example of that “reality confusion” is how Death portraits himself as a human.
Death, in the book, shows a whole different version of him. “I’m most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s.” (3) he is not just some skull roaming around scaring people, but he actually cares sometimes. There are moments when he cares, like when he took Liesel’s brother away, he felt connected with her ever since he saw Liesel. Another occasion is when Rudy didn’t get any victories for a lapse of time, and after his death is when his most desired victory was won, but he wasn’t alive to enjoy it.
“[Rudy would’ve] have been glad to witness [Liesel] kissing his dusty bomb-hit lips…In the darkness of my dark-beating heart, I know he’d have loved it, all right. You see? Even death has a heart.” (242). He has always wanted that kiss, he was constantly asking her for a kiss, but he was always rejected. The vast majority of times Rudy tried to be the big boy or be a hero. Unluckily his last days were more full of misfortunes than victories. Liesel was always by his side, even thought she didn’t kiss him, she was always a faithful friend. But she wasn’t just a good friend to Rudy, but also to Max.
Max has been hiding for a long time in Liesel’s basement. Liesel and Max have become close friends, she would always help warning her mother to hide Max on time before the Nazi inspector went to their house. She would take care of him even more when he was sick “look at all this....