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The Book Thief - Courage Theme

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How the Hubermanns Demonstrated Courage throughout the Novel

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. '” <Brainyquote.com> Throughout the novel the Hubermanns demonstrate tremendous courage. Like what Eleanor Roosevelt says, the Hubermanns really did look fear right in the face. One example of this is, they allowed a Jew to hide in their home, going directly against the law and belief of Nazi Germany despite the harsh consequences that could be waiting for them (Zusak 173). The family all cared for the Jews, and put their
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As she read out loud, one child noticed her and came over to listen. Then her father noticed too, and came over to listen. Finally as more people started to notice, they all came around and sat around Liesel, listening to her tell her story (Zusak 381). Eventually, there wasn’t a single noise except for the sound of Liesel’s voice. There were many people older and more mature than she was, but none had the courage to help soothe the fears of so many in the time of trouble. Liesel’s
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