The Book Thief

the book theif "growing up saumensch"

what does death explain to the reader regarding rosas actions toward liesel

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Rosa, described as loving Liesel yet acting harshly, constantly shouts profanity at Liesel, calling her a saumensch ("pig girl") when she refuses to have a bath. Hans, described as a house painter and accordion player, acts more kindly, teaching Liesel to roll a cigarette. Liesel begins to call her foster parents "Mama" and "Papa."



Although Rosa does love Liesel, she calls her a Saumensch (a kind of curse word - literally meaning woman pig), but she worries about Liesel's looks which are blond enough for the Aryan model, but her brown eyes which are not in the Aryan model.