Week 7

Role three: The Passage Person

“‘I’m going to find him”

‘Your papa?’

‘Yes.’ He thought about it. ‘Actually, no. I think I’ll find the Führer instead.’

Faster footsteps. ‘Why?’

Rudy stopped. ‘Because I want to kill him.’ He even turned on the spot, to the rest of the world. ‘Did you hear that, you bastards?’ He shouted. “I want to kill the Führer!'”

This first passage was really interesting to me. It really shows the anger that has developed within Rudy. It also shows the anger and grief within Liesel, who comments to Rudy that he’s only lost one person he loves compared to her. It’s rather heart-breaking to see this change within them. Especially Rudy, who we already know how will end up. Rudy was a carefree boy before who didn’t think too much about the war and troubles, but as the years progressed and his own father was taken, then it got more personal. However, we still see bits of the old Rudy, mostly when Liesel turns back and he follows her a while after knowing the upcoming wrath of their worried mothers.


What do you all think about the deal with Rudy?


4 thoughts on “Week 7

  1. The scenario of the war and his dad being away, it made him grow up and come to the realization that if he’s carefree and not worry too much might get him in trouble. I think when he said that he wants to kill the Fuhrer, he didn’t necessarily want to kill him as much as wanting to take out his internal anger to someone or something.

  2. I think that Rudy is just having a hard time, yet I know that Rudy isn’t even in the level that Liesel has faced. I still think that since it’s his first loss, or abandonment, it is crucial. Liesel was very heart broken and had the worst times, when she lost her mother and brother, but eventually got use to life, when Max left, since she knew that life is life, and you can’t do anything about it. It seems to me that if someone else left or died in Rudy’s family, he will get angry, but look at it in Liesel’s standpoint and accept that life is life.

  3. I think that it was heart-breaking as a reader to see his character develop in such a way. I also think it was very good characterization, not only of his maturation, but of his finding himself and where he stands in response to the horrible things happening to him and his family. He has always been reckless, but professing, even privately, that he is going to kill the Fuhrer is a very dangerous thing to do, and it shows that he has been consumed by grief for his family and has lost ability to differentiate his thoughts between the rational and the irrational.

  4. I think your analysis was spot on. We clearly see a difference within Rudy. Before this event, he already was a little bit aggresive and had a tendency to get angry, but this was a definite turning point. We’ve seen this event influencing his actions later on up till the point where we’ve read, and I think it will influence even more of his decisions later in the novel. Then again, as you said, we can still see some of his innoscence coming up every now and then; an exapmle of this would be the pilot/teddy bear scene.

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