The Book Thief By:Jeff Hakim

Part 1

The two colors I chose were purple and blue. Purple represents disbelief, after Liesel's brother dies she doesn't believe it and shakes him to try and awake him. Blue represents sadness since Liesel lost her brother and mother. She was forced to stay with two people she doesn't know and at a young age it was hard for her to understand.


"Point five: Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out" (60).

"She was the Book Thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain" (80).

I chose the first quote because this foreshadows on Rudy's coming love for Liesel. He knew it and is afraid to dig into the relationship because he didn't know what it would turn into or if Liesel even liked him.

The second quote explains how Liesel didn't yet know what words meant, but after she does, she would learn the world wasn't as great as she thought it was. Also, she would be able to write books with such ease because of all the books she has read.

I chose the image of a grave site because that is the first point of Liesel's life dramatically changing for the worse. After this scene, everything is on a down fall throughout the rest of the book. The death of her brother and the loss of her mother was a rock in the road. It was hard for her to believe at the moment since she most likely hasn't experienced anything so life changing before.

Picture Credit: Woodland Cemetary showing endless grave sites and one patch of red flowers. Photo. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

Part 2

The colors I chose for this part are orange and light yellow. Orange represents confusion because she was being forced to say "Heil Hitler" against her will. Yellow represents the unsure part of her because going against Hitler could get her killed, but she is full of disgust towards him and is very outraged.


"I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that's where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate" (109).

" 'I knew it.' The words were thrown at the steps and Liesel could feel the slush of anger, stirring hotly in her stomach. 'I hate the Führer,' she said. 'I hate him'" (115).

The reason I picked the first quote was because this is when the books that had Jewish covers or writing were being burned in the street to celebrate Hitler's birthday. Death is attempting to show us that humans want to see destruction as long as it's not toward them. Liesel faces many points of destruction throughout her life such as the death of her brother, her mother, Rudy, and her whole foster family.

The second quote takes place after Liesel realizes what the Fuhrer has done. She only has three books but she holds them very near to her heart because that is one of the only things she really has.

The image I chose represents the burning of the fire and how it was a life changing moment for Liesel and her knowledge. Liesel's first admire for books started after she had lost her brother. As he was being buried, one of the men dropped their handbook. She swiftly grabbed it and was eager to read it.

Picture Credit: The Book Burning / Berlin / 1933. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 30 Mar 20 17.

Part 3

The color I chose for this part was green. During this part in the book, she meets the mayor's wife, someone that would be there for her whether she knew it or not. She gets to visit her book collection, something she has never seen before. Liesel also builds her relationship with Hans during this chapter, which is one of the first people she opens up to.


"Listen, Liesel." Papa placed his arm around her and walked her on. "This is our secret, this book. We'll read it at night or in the basement, just like our others- but you have to promise me something." 'Anything Papa." The night was smooth and still. Everything listened. "If I ever ask you to keep a secret for me, you will do it." "I promise" (127).

"Mein Kampf. Of all the things to save him" (160).

The reason behind picking the first quote was to show an advance on Hans' and Liesel's relationship. Through the book they have gotten closer through the hardships they have been forced to overcome. They are now at the point of trusting each other which is a big step to take since they have just met each other.

I chose the second quote to show the irony that was portrayed to us. Max was heading to Hans' house to take cover and hide from the Nazi soldiers. He was running from Hitler and his army, yet ironically, he was holding Hitler's book for protection and cover.

The picture I chose to represent this part of the book was the Mein Kampf. The Mein Kampf has played a major role in this story. It provided cover for Max during his journey for safety. Also, Max and Liesel used a painted Mein Kampf to make stories about their past and their dreams.

Picture Credit: HITLER: MEIN KAMPF. - Cover of an edition of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf,' published by the 'V?lkischer Beobachter,' the newspaper of the Nazi party.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

Part 4

The colors I chose for this story were dark red to show how enraged Papa was against the men who vandalized a Jewish man's business and wrote "Jewish filth" on the wall. The other color I chose was aqua to represent how overjoyed Max was to finally make it to Hans' house without getting captured.


"I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men. They are not. They're running at me" (174-175).

"Do you still play the accordion?" (185).

Death uses the first quote to tell the reader that when the soldiers run into war to fight the other army they aren't running towards them they are running towards death because they are going to die. A war is rare without death, when there is a battle people will take their stance and some are even willing to die for their cause depending on what they believe.

The second quote is used as a symbol for Max to make sure that Hans is still on the same side as Max and that he hasn't joined the Nazi Party. The accordion proves to be a very important symbol throughout the book not just in this part. When Hans leaves Rosa uses it as a symbol to represent Hans.

The Picture I chose for this part was an accordion. As I explained above, the accordion is one of the main symbols throughout the book. To Liesel, the accordion means happiness and comfort and to Max, it is the symbol of safety and shelter.

Picture Credit: Concertina. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 30 Mar 2017.

Part 5

The color I chose for this part was light red to show aggravation. Liesel is aggravated at Frau Hermann for telling Liesel that she could no longer use Rosa's service. This is one of the main reasons Liesel decides to steal from Frau Hermann's library.


"He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them" (303).

"As we're both aware, [Liesel had] stolen books previously, but in late October 1941, it became official. That night, Liesel Meminger truly became the book thief" (292).

Death implicated this first quote to show the reader that Rudy knows when Liesel wants to kiss him she will and he needs to stop trying and when the time is right it will happen. It eventually does happen and it just so happens to be too late.

The second quote was used because after Liesel steals from the mayor's wife's library this is the first time Rudy calls her "The Book Thief". Also, this is the first time Liesel steals from someone she directly knows.

The image I chose for this part is someone stealing. Throughout the entire book, Liesel is constantly stealing. She steals from the gravedigger, from Rosa's library, and from the books that were getting burned in the center of the road. Death goes to a certain length to show us she is stealing books because of what they mean to her.

Picture Credit: THIEF WHO CAME TO DINNER, THE (1973) - O'NEAL, RYAN. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 30 Mar 2017.

Part 6

The colors I chose for this part are amber and hazelnut to show the Hubermann's are terrified and afraid of what might happen to Max. He went into coma and they are afraid of what they will do if he dies, which constantly covers them in a blanket of fear.


“Often I wish this would all be over, Liesel, but then somehow you do something like walk down the basement steps with a snowman in your hands" (313).

"The feather was lovely and trapped, in the door hinges of the church on Munich Street" (321).

The reason I chose the first quote is because throughout the time Max is with Liesel they are there for each other, especially through this hard time with Max being ill. They care about each other and talk about their situation. They have both had to leave their family and live in a new environment, which is most likely why they instantly connected so well.

Throughout this part of the story, Liesel is gathering many items from the outside world so when Max wakes up he will have them to look at. He hasn't been out of the house in a long time because of the risk it would put not only himself at, but as well as the Hubermann's.

For this part I chose a paper clip because it is one of the items Liesel brings Max. Liesel collects items for Max while he is sick, so that when he wakes up he will have items from the outside world he hasn't seen in a while.

Picture Credit: Myself

Part 7

The color I chose for this part is ultramarine. Ultramarine represents sadness through this part because Liesel just lost one of her best friends. Max and Liesel both have the same story and were both grieving through this hard time together, which is a reason that Max and Liesel saved each other.


"From a Himmel Street window, he wrote, the stars set fire to my eyes" (378).

"Is he in the basement? she wondered. Or is he stealing a glimpse of the sky again?" (380).

The first quote signifies how long Max has been down there. Personification is also added into this quote to show the reader just how dark it has been down in the basement. In addition, it shows us just how much he was willing to lose to survive.

The second quote was added to exaggerate Liesel's curiosity towards Max. Liesel was wondering if Max was willing to risk it all for one moment, just one more look at the shimmering blue sky. She was probably thinking that because Max has already risked so much, including leaving his family to stay safe against the Nazis.

I chose a picture of the Parade of Jews for this part. The Parade of Jews represent what the Jews are going through and how they are being brutally tortured.

Picture Credit: Jewish Protest. Photographer. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 30 Mar 2017.

Part 8

The color I chose for this part of the book was blue to represent sadness. I decided on blue for this part because this is when Rudy is recruited for the draft due to his noticed athletic abilities. Rudy's father, Alex, is sent away since he volunteered in Rudy's place and last Liesel's father is sent to serve in the Air Raid Special Unit as punishment.


"I'm not sure this is a good idea." He slapped some bread onto her palm. "Your papa did." How could she argue? It was worth a whipping" (440).

"She said, 'I think you've always been ready, Liesel. From the moment you arrived here, clinging to that gate, you were meant to have this" (443).

I selected the first quote to show how courageous and willing Liesel and Rudy have been through the book. Liesel and Rudy both find themselves without a father during this time as they have been sent off to war. They both have complete hate towards the Fuhrer, Rudy even tries to attempt to kill him.

I selected the second quote because this is when Liesel receives "The Word Shaker". Max wrote this book during his time in hiding to eventually give as a gift to Liesel. Rosa is explaining how Liesel has always been ready for the book. Rosa could see the potential Liesel had from the beginning.

The picture I chose for this quote was a fence. No matter how harsh the feelings Liesel and Rudy had, they had to be contained and hidden. If Liesel and Rudy showed hate toward the Fuhrer in public they could be arrested or even killed.

Picture Credit: Myself

Part 9

The color I selected for this part was white. I chose white to symbolize mourning, through the loss of Robert and Reinhold. When Robert dies in war it is a hard burden for Michael and Frau Holtzapfel since that was one of their loved ones. When Reinhold dies in the car accident Hans realizes how close he was to dying and how that could have been him.


"Certainly, war meant dying, but it always shifted the ground beneath a person's feet when it was someone who had once lived and breathed in close proximity" (467).

"Now, she thought, its time. Usually it was stealing that cheered her up, but on the day, it was giving something back" (472).

The first quote really means most people take for granted what you have until it's gone. In this case it is a family or friend lost to death. Michael and Frau Holtzapfel lost Robert. They are both very heartbroken about the news and shaken up. This also happens at the end of the book, when Liesel never kissed Rudy and when she did it was too late.

The next quote is when Liesel realizes that stealing books is wrong. Liesel through the whole book, has been stealing books from the mayor's wife and now she decided, she was done. She wanted to go and talk to her about what she has been doing and apologize for it.

The picture I chose for this part was two people shaking hands to show uniting friendship. Liesel has been furious with Frau Hermann ever since she stopped using Rosa's service. The day a Liesel noticed what she was doing and how stealing was wrong, she was at the breaking point.

Picture Credit: Myself

Part 10

I chose black for this part to signify death. During this part, a bombing raid took place on Himmel Street or as death would call it Heaven Street. Liesel lost all of her close friends and foster parents and doesn't know what she lost or what they meant to her until it happened.


"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right" (528).

"The man was positively mugged and beaten to a glass-shattering pulp. I stepped on him on the way out" (530).

The explanation behind the first quote is that throughout the entire book Liesel gains her knowledge through her first book. Liesel thought she was living in a great world until she learned her words from books and realized everything she once thought was good was really backwards.

This is after Himmel Street is bombed and death is going to take away the victims. Death sees the poster of Hitler and he knows Hitler is the one who started all of the madness and is who is responsible for the death of Liesel's friends.

The picture I chose for this part was lightning. Situations can switch in an instant and people don't realize things until they are gone. For example, in Liesel's case she has already lost her real family and now she has lost her foster family, this is what leaves Liesel in shock.

Picture Credit: Lightning. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 30 Mar 2017.

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