"They listened to Nazi footsteps in the basement. There was the sound of measuring tape. diesel could not ward off the thought of Max sitting beneath the steps, huddled around his sketchbook, hugging it to his chest" (Zusak 344).
At this point in the novel, Max is still living in the basement of the Hubermann's house. The Nazi's had just begun searching the basements of houses, looking for Jewish people hiding. This quote demonstrates the them of friendship is key for survival, because the Hubermanns essentially saved Max' life by letting him hide their basement. If they did not let Max hide in the basement, he would have been captured and most likely killed. The Hubermanns were also at a big risk because if Max was found in their home, they would have been punished.
In this article, Kevin Love, a basketball player for the Cavaliers, saves his friends life when he was drunk. His friend had drank too much and was not able to walk strait, so when he tried to kick a bottle out of his other friends hand, he slipped and his bottle shattered and sliced his hand. Luckily, Love was there to care for his friend and save his life. This is a real life example that friendship is essential to survival because Love saved his friends life. Had he not been there, his friend would have died.
Theme 3: Discovering what you love can save your life