Was helping Max stupidity or bravery?

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Was helping Max stupidity or bravery?

Post by ArriettyClock » 11 Jul 2018, 13:12

Liesel's grandfather risked his family's safety by allowing Max to stay with them. Not only for one night, but for month, before Max eventually left to attempt to find freedom.

Later in the story, Liesel find's Max in a procession and attempts to assist him publicly, putting herself, her family, and Rudy. The publicity of this act meant that everyone in her village saw her helping a Jewish person.

Were these acts ones of stupidity or bravery?

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Post by meramoP » 11 Jul 2018, 14:13

I think its an act of bravery since she was helping Max explore and have freedom so its helping...the question would be why does Max need freedom from who or what

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Post by ArriettyClock » 15 Jul 2018, 04:49

Freedom from persecution.
Granted... at the time that he arrives at Liesel's house, the freedom is from fear of death rather than the actual reality of it. However, when he leaves their home to attempt to escape, that fear is then a reality, as Jewish people were being rounded up for the camps.

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Post by Taekwondoqueen » 13 Aug 2018, 19:07

I think that it was bravery, but that is only my opinion. I also believe that Liesel’s grandfather felt like he had a debt to owe and this was the only way that he could do that. I think that Liesel went in to see Max because she had been missing him for so very long and she thought that this was the last time that she got to see him.

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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 06 Sep 2018, 17:08

It was really really brave and a little stupid haha. Ideally, they should've done it more secretive but I guess you can't think clearly in moments like these. Nevertheless, I think I would do the same.
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