Good And Evil In Markus Zusak's Book Thief

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In the Book Thief, Markus Zusak characterizes the human race as having two sides of good and evil, or beautiful and brutal. Most characters in the book act in a way that shows that one of their sides is more dominant. “The whip continued from the soldiers hand. It landed on Max’s face.It clipped his chin and carved his throat.” (pg 513) The German soldier shows his malice and lack of compassion to the Jews when he punishes Max for talking to Liesel momentarily. While it was his job, the soldier is excessively harsh to the two of them. Contrastingly, Markus also shows humans to be unnecessarily kind, even when it means risking themselves.

In the same scene, likely only minutes later, Rudy shows that this brutality does not plague everyone.
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