The Book Thief

Rudy Steiner

what are his physical traits and descriptions, personality traits, significant events in which they are a part, the relationships they have with other characters, or any changes you see in them?

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Rudy Steiner

Liesel's best friend. One of six Steiner children, Rudy is gallant and impetuous -- he is best known for painting his face black and running around a track imitating Jesse Owens. Rudy is motivated throughout the novel by his love for Liesel; at one point he retrieves Liesel's book from the icy cold river and asks her for a kiss. By the end of the novel, Liesel has come to love Rudy as well; Rudy dies in an air raid at the end of the novel, and Liesel kisses his corpse.

Rudy has blue eyes, brown hair, and an athletic build. He is a gifted athlete.