What I think the word shaker allegory from Max’s sketchbook means is the tree is Liesel’s happy place where she can talk freely and say all the words she wants (hence the name “word shaker”). Towards page 400 she is starting to speak really freely about things are going for Germany and her opinions on the Fuhrer, and it’s getting really dangerous for her own good. Max is starting to see this so he climbs up the tree to get her off her high horse. When the tree falls down it’s Liesel’s choice to give in to what she needs to do and what Max is telling her to do for her safety. The way the tree falls down and makes a path through the forest represents (in my opinion) how she can still have her opinions, but she doesn’t have to tell everyone about them.
I think that words are really important to define a character. This is super obvious because who wants to read about someone who’s dead (sorry Stan Lee). But words can be very important mostly for making people see the way you see, or the other way around. I think it’s really good how people interact among each other, or else whoever speaks will ultimately hold all the power, and Hitler would probably never be stopped. the en🅱
What is a hellion? I really like Rudy as a character. Much more than Liesel, in fact. He has all the things that I look for in a good character. He doesn’t just let things happen to him like Liesel and Hans. He acts on his problems in a good way (most off the time) and he gets things done. I have already finished the book, so I don’t really have any predictions about Liesel and Rudy being together. Let’s just say they both die. Oh wait sorry. I guess that was a spoiler that you knew from the start.
I wouldn’t know how to find light in the darkness because I sleep with a nightlight. Also I’m in the middle class and I have no problems whatsoever. Hypothetically if I did have problems, then I would probably just give up and curl up in my bed with my Uniqua from The Backyardigans plush doll and cry with my butterfly nightlight until I fell asleep. In The Book Thief, Liesel finds light in the darkness from giving Max hypothermia and having fun while doing it. This is really great because now she can reflect on her decisions while watching one of her friends die a slow and painful death.