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The accordion serves as yet another reminder of the novel’s argument that literature, music, and other arts can provide opulence in times of immense pain.Art serves not only as a distraction but as a source of comfort. For Liesel, everything horrible that could’ve happened to her, happened starting with the death of her brother, Werner. Liesel and Werner Meminger are on their way to meet their soon adoptive parents, when Werner just a 6 year old boy, unexpectedly dies. Taking her son’s body from the train and into the snow filled town,  Liesel’s mother knew he would have to be buried here, but for Liesel, “the town was nameless, and it was there that her brother Werner, was buried two days later” (22). Not truly believing that her brother was gone, she begins to dig at his grave until her hands are cracked and bloody. Somewhere in all the snow Liesel “could see her broken heart, in two pieces” (24). As her mother painstakingly drags Liesel away from the grave. This is where she sees it, exactly 20 meters away from the burial site. It is black and rectangular embedded into the snow, a book with silver writing on it, The Grave Digger’s Handbook. The book thief had struck for the first time, prompting her not only to steal more books, but also learn how to read along the way. In fact, without her foster father, Hans Hubermann and his dedication, she may have never been able to read.  Liesel has nightmares about her brother dying almost every night, but the night Hans finds The Grave Digger’s Handbook, he  doesn’t just make this difficult situation easier by comforting her, he turns it into a life changing opportunity for them both. His discovery of the book, hidden beneath her mattress, inspires all their reading and writing lessons. Eventually, Hans and Liesel trade sleep for reading and writing called, “the midnight class, even though it commenced at around two in the morning” (39). Liesel uses The Gravedigger’s Handbook as a source of comfort from her brother’s passing made possible by her reading. The book represents great friendship and Liesel’s journey of learning to read, which soon serves as a comfort to not only her but to many. Not only did reading serve as a comfort to Liesel, but also to Himmel Street and even death. The first air raid on Himmel Street is a false alarm, but the second one is very real. On September 19, the Hubermann’s radio goes off listing Molching as a possible target. Again, people take  cover, the Hubermann’s seeking shelter in the Fielders’ basement. The room filled with fear and deathly thoughts, is  interrupted by Liesel’s reading of The Whistler. Rudy being the first to start listening, gathers his brothers’ and sisters’ attention to listen as well. Soon “by page three, everyone was silent but Liesel” (381). Even after the sirens claimed they were safe Frau Holtzapfel tells everyone to be quiet and exclaims, “There are only two paragraphs till end of the chapter” (382). The book thief continued to read at not only the second air raid but the third one as well. At the bombing of Munich on March 9 and 10 Liesel willingly read 54 mouth drying pages. Then came the destructive, unexpected, deadly air raid. Liesel was in the basement, “reading through the story of her own life, checking for mistakes”,  as Himmel street was flattened (498). Under the rubble, “The Book Thief was stepped of several times…and thrown aboard a garbage truck”, but not quickly enough that death didn’t have an opportunity to grab it. Books didn’t just serve as a story to death, but rather a source of consolation from his brutal work, The Book Thief being one of them.

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