What is Liesel’s “mountain” in “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak?

I have an in-class essay to write in tomorrow, about the symbolism used in this quote:" They read through the early hours of morning, circling and writing the words she did not comprehend andturning the pages toward daylight. A few times, Papa nearly slept, succumbing to the itchy fatigue in his eyesand the wilting of his head. Liesel caught him out on each occasion, but she had neither the selflessness to allowhim to sleep nor the hide to be offended. She was a girl with a mountain to climb." If you have read "The Book Thief" and know about the conflicts and style Zusak includes in the book, please help me to answer: 1. what is the mountain? what does it symbolize? 2. who are her climbing partners ( who accompanies her/helps her/is involved in her "ascent" up the "mountain") 3. what is her greatest obstacle? 4. which point does she reach the summit of her mountain? 5. describe her descent. What does she discover at the foot of her mountain? And finally, how does this relate to our society as a whole? I thought that the mountain might describe the challenge learning to read, but the summit is unclear, when she might master reading, and her descent, well, she doesn't "unlearn" how to read, but maybe as she gains increased understanding her challenge reading decreases and the foot of her mountain might be when reading is a natural thing and she is back at normal life, but the mountain she has climbed is behind her. What are your thoughts on this? The instructor did say that there were multiple responses as long as I can back them up I can get full credit. Please respond sorry I wrote so much already.

Similar Asks:

  • I don’t understand the book Oliver Twist…? - I have to read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and I’ve read five pages so far and it’s so boring. I don’t understand it. I already wrote down 20 words I don’t understand. I have to read this book and write an essay on it and turn it in on the first day of school(I’m
  • Someone help me with my essay on the book the outsiders by se hinton? - Here it is and so fat i ahve a 28/36 on it My teacher told me to fix my grammar and add more, but I don’t know what to add/fix!I have never been interested in reading. I would always make an attempt to pick out a book I thought looked good but I
  • What do you think of my essay? - For my first essay this year, I had to write about a difficult choice or challenge we had to make. It was hard for me picking a topic, so that’s why it’s a bit stupid. It’s true though :]]By the way, I’m in 9th grade, but I really want to impress my teacher, so any
  • Writing practice college resume. Last paragraph is how i would be useful to a college.? - I need to write bout a challenge in my life and how that challenge will make me useful to a college. Heres what i got:I was doing quite well in my ninth grade English class, so my English teacher decided to recommend me to an honors English course. So I thought about it over night
  • Calling all editor’s!? - ok i wrote an essay on the tell tale heart by edgar allen poe. my dad isn’t a wonderful editor..or my brother soo i need more help..feel free to add on to it or make ANY corrections..here it is…THANKS!The Suspense of ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ Have you ever read ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allen
  • Compare & Contrast Paris & Hector in “The Iliad”…? - Okay I have some of the essay already written, and have only read through book 3 of the iliad. (we aren’t supposed to read ahead so it’s not like i’m slacking off)… My assignment is to compare and contrast paris and hector just as of what we have read so far–through book 3… My problem
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer!? - I have to do a book report and i need help. If you read Twilight. Then answer this please.Discussion/Essay Questions: Write three questions that a teacher might ask you about the novel or play either in class or for an essay. These questions should be thought-provoking and almost always take more than

User tags:

  • what is liesel\s mountain

2 Answers to “What is Liesel’s “mountain” in “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak?”

  1. tobyman says:

    1. the mountain is her goal and her struggle to read.2. papa3. the tough words and hiding the fact that she has books4. I assume that its when she’s at her biggest struggle, the peak of her teachings.5. I’d think the foot of the mountain is when she discovers the importance of her learning and actually reading fluently, to understand the significance of her perseverance.I personally like your answer. It sounds right to me! =) I basically gave my answer and it was very similar to yours, so I’d say its correct.In any case, whether I’m a nuisance or any help at all, good luck!

  2. fermis says:

    1.sry i have no ideamaybe happiness?2.her family(sry i read it a while ago so i dont really remember the names)her “papa”her “mama”her best friend (blonde dude who wants to kiss her*sniff sniff*)the jewish guy boxer person3.i guess racism would be the biggest obsticle4.not sure sorry5. ?6.our society as a whole huh?um well ussually i would love this Q but i really cnt think uhhhmaybe cause we destroy things?and we are always seeking happiness?im not surei really hoped i at least kinda helped a little….