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The Book Thief - Characters

Character:
A combination of features and traits that forms an individual nature of some person or thing.
Protagonist:
The leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.
Antagonist:
The adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work.
Flat Character:
A character who is not fully described but aids the plot and/or other characters.
Round Character:
A character who has been described in detail and greatly aids the plot and/or other characters.
Static Character:
A character who does not undergo noticable development throughout the story.
Dynamic Character:
A character who undergoes noticable change throughout the story.



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Name Of Character
Type of
Character
Description
Quotation
Liesel
Protagonist
Round
Dynamic
Young, mildly disturbed by past events concerning her mother and brother, caring, audacious. Loves books and literature, stealing books from time to time.
"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."
Max
Flat
Static
Emaciated, Jewish. A seasoned fist fighter. Has feather-like hair. Fantasizes about boxing with Hitler.
"All my life I've been scared of men standing over me"
Rosa
Round
Static
The wife of Hans that is very foul mouthed and strict, but caring.
"It took longer than she expected for her eyes to adjust, and when they did, there was no denying the fact that Rosa Hubermann was sitting on the edge of the bed with her husband's accordion tied to her chest. Her fingers hovered above the keys. She did not move. She didn't even appear to be breathing."
Hans
Round
Static
Very caring. Enjoys rolling his own smokes. Always does what he thinks is right. Plays the accordion, which he got from his war buddy after his death.
"Over the next few weeks and into the summer, the midnight class began at the end of each nightmare. There were two more bed-wetting occurrances, but Hans Hubermann merely repeateted his previous cleanup heroics and got down to the task of reading, sketching, and reciting."
Rudy
Round
Dynamic
Liesel's first friend of her own age in her new town. Very athletic. Strong sense of justice and wrong from right. Comical.
"A filthy boy was walking down Himmel street. Within a few minutes, his family would expect his arrival, and he would lie that everyone in his Hitler Youth division was given extra drills in the field. His parents would even expect some laughter. They didn't get it."
Death
Round
Static
The narrator of the story. Omniscient, powerful, very descriptive.
"Sometimes I imagined how everything looked above those clouds, knowing without question that the sun was blond, and the endless atmoshphere was like a giant blue eye."
Ilsa Hermann
Flat
Static
The Mayor's Wife, kind and caring toward Liesel. Very quiet. Mentally scarred by the loss of her son.
"After a miscarriaged pause, the mayor's wife edged forward and picked up the book. she was battered and beaten up, and not from smiling this time."
Frau Holtzapfel
Dynamic
The woman who spits on Rosa's door from a long feud but becomes a friend. Dramatically changed after news about her son's death in the war, and her second son's suicide.
"'Schwein!' You're at the wrong house.' She rammed the words through the keyhole. 'Next door, you stupid Saukerl.'"
Nazi Regime
Antagonist
Oppresses German people. Orders extermination of any Jews. Causes much if not all of the conflict in the novel.
"On the ration cards of Nazi Germany, there was no listing for punishment, but everyone had to take their turn. For some it was death in a foreign country during the war, For others it was poverty and guilt when the war was over, when six million discoveries were made throughout Europe."
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