"Death" as a Narrator

The Characters of the Book Thief

Students will use links that follow the question to find the answer
  1. Who is the "narrator" of the story and what does he discuss as being important? Prologue; A Mountain Range of Rubble
  2. After Liesel's dream of Adolf Hitler, who doe she find dead next to her? The Grave Digger's Handbook
  3. What book does Liesel pick up that the apprentice drops during the burial? The Grave Digger's Handbook
  4. Identify who the Liesel's adoptive parents were living on "Himmel Street". The Grave Digger's Handbook
  5. Liesel's biological father was labeled as a what? Growing up in Saumensch
  6. What are two ways to describe "Hans"? Growing up in Saumensch
  7. What are two ways to describe "Rosa"? Growing up in Saumensch
  8. What musical instrument does Hans play to comfort Liesel and it annoyed Rosa? The Woman With the Iron Fist
  9. Why is the book "The Grave Digger's Handbook" so important to Liesel? The Woman With the Iron Fist
  10. Why is school such a struggle for Liesel? The Woman With the Iron Fist
  11. What has happened to the homes that lie on "the road of the yellow stars"? The Kiss
  12. Did Rudy get his kiss? Why or Why not? The Kiss
  13. What does Rudy cover himself in? What Olympic runner does he want to be like? Jesse Owens Incident
  14. (Analysis) Why is Rudy the ideal German citizen in Nazi Germany? Jesse Owens Incident
  15. What does Liesel paint on the walls of their basement? The Smell of Friendship
  16. What type of flag is hung among the houses? What nickname does Hans get from his fellow people? Hitler's Birthday 1940
  17. A man in a Nazi uniform standing behind a podium,warns the people to protect themselves against whom? 100% Pure German Sweat
  18. What book does Liesel pull out of the remains of the bonfire? Book of Fire
  19. Why does Liesel avoid the mayor's house at all costs? When Liesel goes into house, what room is intrigued by? The Mayor's Library
  20. Who is the Jewish man starving in a dark storage room? Who is going to see? Enter the Struggler
  21. Who did Hans become friends with during World War I? How does he save Han's life? The Secret Life of Hans
  22. Hans is contacted by Walter Kugler to see if he is willing to do what? The Secret Life of Hans
  23. What happened on November 9, 1938 when Max and his family are hiding in their apartment? A Short History of a Jewish Fist Fighter
  24. What does Max have to choose to do? A Short History of a Jewish Fist Fighter
  25. What book is Max painting white over with? Max is writing a story about he and Liesel called what? Pages from the Basement
  26. What does Rudy do to retrieve a floating book called "The Whistler"? The Floating Book
  27. What happens to Max's health after the snowball fight in the basement? The Snowman
  28. Nearly a month passes as Max is not awake, Rosa pulls Liesel out of her class to tell her what? What to do with a Jewish Corpse?
  29. Why is the NSDAP inspecting people's basements? What do they do with Max? The Visitor
  30. Who returns to the door of 33 Himmel Street? Homecoming
  31. Who does "Death" foreshadow the deaths of during the bombing of Himmel Street? The End of the World
  32. Who is Liesel searching for as the Jews are being marched through Molching? Who rescues her from the street? Way of the Words

Stages of the Hero's Journey

There are twelve steps to the hero’s journey. According to the Oracle Education Foundation Library, those steps are as follows.
  1. Ordinary World: This step refers to the hero's normal life at the start of the story, before the adventure begins.
  2. Call to Adventure: The hero is faced with something that makes him begin his adventure. This might be a problem or a challenge he needs to overcome.
  3. Refusal of the Call: The hero attempts to refuse the adventure because he is afraid.
  4. Meeting with the Mentor: The hero encounters someone who can give him advice and ready him for the journey ahead.
  5. Crossing the First Threshold: The hero leaves his ordinary world for the first time and crosses the threshold into adventure.
  6. Tests, Allies, Enemies: The hero learns the rules of his new world. During this time, he endures tests of strength of will, meets friends, and comes face to face with foes.
  7. Approach: Setbacks occur, sometimes causing the hero to try a new approach or adopt new ideas.
  8. Ordeal: The hero experiences a major hurdle or obstacle, such as a life or death crisis.
  9. Reward: After surviving death, the hero earns his reward or accomplishes his goal.
  10. The Road Back: The hero begins his journey back to his ordinary life.
  11. Resurrection Hero - The hero faces a final test where everything is at stake and he must use everything he has learned.
  12. Return with Elixir: The hero brings his knowledge or the "elixir" back to the ordinary world, where he applies it to help all who remain there.