Week 8

Role three: Passage Person

“He let his mouth kiss her palm. ‘Yes, Liesel, it’s me,’ and he held the girls hand in his face and cried onto her fingers” (pg. 512).
 
This act takes courage. Max knows that it will be much safer for himself and Liesel if he ignores her, but he also knows that the embrace of seeing her, is more important. 
 
“She was a Jew feeder without a question in the world on that man’s first night in Molching. She was an arm reacher, deep into a mattress, to deliver a sketchbook to a teenage girl” (532).
 
This passage shows that, Liesel never fully gets over Rosa beating her, but does, on Rosa’s death, when she sees into Rosa’s identity. Liesel remembers Rosa being nice and kind to Max and her excitement when she gives Liesel Max’s sketchbook.
 
“…in October 1945, a man with swampy eyes, feathers of hair, and a clean-shave face walked into the shop. He approached the counter. ‘Is there someone here by the name of Liesel Meminger?’…Liesel came out. They hugged and cried and fell on the floor” (548). 
It just shows that there is somewhat of a good ending in part, that at least she didn’t lose Max, when they reunited. Lots of love is shown, in this situation.
My question to you guys is what do you think happened after that, between Max and Liesel?
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4 thoughts on “Week 8

  1. It is honestly difficult to predict what really happened between Max and Liesel after being reunited again. My guess is that they lived with each other close in heart and mind as life companions, but not in any sort of romantic relationship. They most likely spent a long time catching up and telling their stories. Especially on how Max survived even after being caught by German soldiers. I expected him to be completely done for when he and Liesel took the whipping and Rudy took the beating. It’s great to know that he wasn’t immediately killed after that and that he was able to endure the rest of his days before the war came to an end.

  2. I was relieved as a reader that Max survived, especially when I so expected him to be killed immediately after his meeting with Liesel. I am glad that they have each other, and I feel like they need each other the most after the horrors of the war. Both have lost the people they held dear, and they understand each other the best, and even though Liesel will never fully understand the pain of the concentration camp, I think she will be the most open and sympathetic person in his life. I think they will live together, and if not, at least remain very close, sharing their stories and remembering the time they spent together in such a terrible period of history.

  3. I think they ended up either living near each other, or at least kept in touch with one another. I don’t think they would have ever ended up as a couple because their close frienship was closer to a brother/sister relationship rather than anything else.
    I’d like to think that they had each other for support until one of them died, which would be nice concidering that all (or at least most) of us assumed that Max was already long gone.

  4. I agree with Karla’s point, I believe Liesel is trying to avoid emotions of an intimate relationship (as in couples) because it would be to the best of her interest given the time and place they were. I congratulate Liesel for how far she come, trying to adapt to this new life-style, while controlling her emotions but still having a close relationship with her dad and brother.

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