Characterisation of Rudy Steiner

Who is Rudy? Compile a list of details that establish who Rudy is in the text, “The Book Thief”. Include general details such as age, personality, family, beliefs, likes, desires, dislikes/frustrations, activities, hobbies, sports.

Significantly include what Rudy represents in the text: consider his appearance, the “Jesse Owens” incident, his family’s situation in Molching, his involvement with Hitler Youth, and what happens to him in the text. Why is Rudy present in this novel?

Posted by Jo Waide

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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