The Book Thief

Influence of culture on the characters

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I have a view on this. We must first distinguish between the German culture and the culture of fascist Germany. I would argue that the two do not go hand in hand. Liesel and Hans are representative of many Germans during this time. The main difference is that they might have sacrificed more and taken greater chances. The Nazi culture was crushing on many Germans and euphoric for some. What we witness in the book is the soul crushing ideology of fascist Hitler that almost destroys our protagonists. Good people in this environment took the greatest risks and suffered the most.