"The depressing pea soup and Rudy's hunger finally drove them to thievery" (Zuzak 150).
As a result of Liesel and Rudy being starving, they turned to stealing food to satisfy their hunger. They only stole because they found it necessary to survive. These actions are a good example of why sometimes the ends justify the means. Nonetheless, when it comes down to it, the ends justifying the means relies on an individuals own ethics and morals and ability to judge the situation.
In the webcast, "Do the Ends Justify the Means?," Scott Winnail orates his viewpoints on the ends justifying the means. Winnail states that these situations are never black and white. Winnail then goes to relate his stance to religion with his answer being no. However, I believe that Liesel and Rudy were justified in stealing some food, but on the flipside, they got greedy and took more than they needed. Also, we do not know how the stolen food affected the farmer. Overall, the ends do not justify the means.
Theme 3: The Rules are not Always What is Right