The Book Thief strikes again!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to steal something with the adrenaline pumping through your veins? In The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, you’re able to see how Liesel Meminger changed because of such thievery. Liesel changed in this book by becoming sneakier, more determined and opening up more to people. Not long after beginning this book, you can see Liesel becoming more and more sneaky. The first case witnessed of her newfound slyness is at her brother’s gravesite, where she successfully stole The Gravedigger’s Handbook. Later on into the novel she decided to strike again, only this time, there was more of a risk. Somehow, there managed to be a book left after the Nazi book burning. Liesel saw this as her new goal. Little did Liesel know that she had been caught. Ilsa Hermann witnessed the whole thing, and later invited Liesel into her home where she would start her next round of thievery. During this round, Liesel had picked up a partner in crime, Rudy Steiner.
Something else that changed about Liesel was her determination level. After Liesel had been at the Huberman’s, Hans began to teach his new foster daughter how to read. They started off by reading some pages out of The Gravedigger’s Handbook. At school, the students took turns reading aloud, but the teacher always excluded Liesel due to her lack of reading ability. One day, Liesel decided to volunteer to read, only to make a fool out of herself. This only triggered what would become a whole line of determination from this young girl. She began reading more and more, trying to improve herself all she could. One day, Liesel decided to read out loud again. To everyone’s surprise, she did outstanding. Another form of determination seen in Liesel is her determination to steal. Throughout the book you can see her hunger for theft growing. The determination never ends with this girl. She truly is an inspiration to those who have thought about giving up.
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