Literary Devices In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak uses literary device to help understand and get the true meaning of the book. In the novel, the author helps and shows you flashbacks give you hints and information about the person or event. Telling backstory for various characters, and flashes forward in the book. He shows this when “Flash Forward to the basement, September 1943.” (Zusak, 97). He gives you a flash of what it's going to be about. He also uses backstory or facts about the various characters and shows this when “ some facts about Hans Hubermann. He loved to smoke. The main thing he enjoyed about smoking was the rollings…”(Zusak, 33). It's facts you need to know about the person ahead of time it could've happened to them when they were a child just key facts. The author uses imagery and personification to help you picture it and bring you into the story. Such as, “Traces of bread crumbs were in the creases of his overalls. Paint-speckled hands made their way across the buttons and raked over the keys, or held on to a note for a while. His arms worked the bellows, giving the instrument the air it needed to breathe.” (Zusak, 355) this quote really shows the imagery in the book because you can picture the …show more content…

The author shows this when “He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.” (Zusak, 241) this quote show that Rude is clearly going to die. But it's unknown how or when he died so it leaves you questioning. Another example from the book is “They were glued down, every last one of them. A packet of souls. Was it fate? Misfortune? Is that what glued them down like that? Of course not. Let’s not be stupid. It probably had more to do with the hurled bombs, thrown down by humans hiding in the clouds.” (Zusak, 12-13) Death suggest that there will be bombs dropped in the book. This is giving you a sense of foreshadowing leading to what's about to

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