Conflicts of Liesel Meminger

Hey there, everyone! As you can probably tell from the title of my post, today’s post will be about the conflicts a girl named Liesel Meminger had to face. She is a really important character from the book called The Book Thief, which is by Markus Zuzak. He has described things so well, and I will tell you of some conflicts he has included in his book…

I will start from conflicts of which happened in the beginning of the book, progress to the middle of the book, then, finally, to later in the book, which we’ve read just recently…

Liesel Meminger, a girl of about 9 years old, went through quite a bit of change for a while. She got taken, from her mother, through foster care, and brought to a new family, known as the Hubermann’s, because her mother had gotten extremely ill.

When she’d first arrived at their house, she’d refused to leave the car which she’d been brought in. Rosa Hubermann had tried forcing her, then Hans Hubermann had coaxed her out nicely. Obviously kindness won her over better than rudeness and forcefulness…

When she’d finally gotten out, Rosa Hubermann had wanted her to take a bath. She would not. She refused to bath for 2 weeks! When she did, though, Mama was pretty happy about it.

Liesel had a secret occupation of stealing books going on. But only some books. Not quite, but, I suppose, somewhat, randomly chosen. She also ended up stealing food, as well, in some parts of the book.

Liesel faced many conflicts that involved her family, the Hubermann’s, and Max, as well. Though not all were caused by her, as it was in this situation…

Hans was a nice person, and was not a Jew – hater, like most people were becoming. He fed bread to one Jew, while the “Jew Parade” was going on. A Nazi soldier saw this act, and punished both the Jew, and him. Hans, then, got sent to war. Liesel was devastated by this, as she truly loved her Papa as if he’d been her father throughout her life. He was, after all, her teacher, as well as her friend.

Another conflict Liesel had to face that she, herself, did not cause, was when Max left, which was basically caused by Hans. Max left out of the concern that the Nazi’s would come and search the Hubermann’s house, and didn’t want to risk putting them into more danger than they were already in, by having a Jew in their basement, so he left. Liesel had really cared for Max, and was extremely sad when he left.

The reason I chose to write about Liesel is because she has a lot to do with just about everything that’s happened in the book. She has gone through a lot, and I think that should not go without notice. If this book were based completely on the life of a real girl, that would be the most horrible life to live, even though I’m aware that many other people had to go through similar predicaments in the time of Kristallnacht, the Holocaust, and World War 2. That is extremely sad, and not many people give it a second thought that real people have had to go through that, that it’s not just some scary story at a campfire. Some people don’t give it even a first thought!

Well, I suppose that concludes my blog post for today. Think about what those innocent people had to go through, as I and many others have. Be thankful for the fact that those people weren’t you…

About Arokei

I'm Juli, I'm a 15yo gamer who loves writing, music, and anime. c: If you wanna reach me, your best bet would be Skype (id: d3monhunt3rr).

Posted on January 19, 2011, in books / reading, school, World War 2 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good post Juli. You wrote a really good post of what happened to Liesel. It is true that lots of people think about what happened. The people who went to war had families. So its a lot to think about. I bet that is how Liesel felt when her Papa went off to war.

  2. I think you have hit on a very important thing at the end of your post: “Think about what those innocent people had to go through, as I and many others have. Be thankful for the fact that those people weren’t you…” I wonder what we would do in terrible situations like those that were faced by the characters in this book. It would have been a time where normal life would have taken great bravery to live. Simple things were very difficult.

  3. Hey Julianne,
    I love your second last paragraph. It’s true that most people don’t really look at this like it really happened and it is an important issue to address. The amount of detail you put in your blog was incredible, it really will help people who haven’t read the Book Thief know what Liesel is like. What other conflicts do you think Liesel will get into in the Book Thief?

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