Death is given a new light in “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Death is personal yet very distant. He wants to be friends and every character knows him on a personal level but they cannot communicate. The theme of death is show in two different ways throughout this story. Death the character is personified and is also the narrator, but actual death is show in the concept that all the character’s have of him.
In the excerpt from The Book Thief, author Markus Zusak defines Death as a deity that has thoughts and feelings. Zusak conveys the concept that Death, the narrator throughout the story, has an almost human-like nature. Through various methods, Zusak personifies Death so that it appears to have its own charisma about it, as well as its very own character. During this scene, Death is here to take a dying pilot’s soul and carry him away.
To “pass on” to “die” or to “reincarnate” is not only a prevalent part of our society, but an important subject that we all must address. When someone dies, most often we journey through and emotional upheaval. Authors use death to show character development in literary works. Diction and Syntax will be examined through two sources. The first source is an excerpt from the book by Mark Twain entitled “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.
The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe, is a short-story about Prince Prospero, “the prince of prosperity”, and the antagonist of our story. Prince Prospero lives in a castle where the most extravagant parties were held for the beautiful, high society people of England. This castle held seven suites where the parties were hosted. These rooms were filled with stained glass windows all bursting with a specific color. One blue, one purple, one green, one orange, another white, one violet, and the last one black.
In the novel The Road, paternal love and death are very important themes in the book. Paternal love is the love between a dad and his son, and you should have a close relationship with your parents. “What would you do if I died”(11). “I would want to die too”(11). This is a quote from the book that shows the fatherly love for his child, knowing he couldn’t live without him, and always wants to be with him.
World War II is known worldwide as the bloodiest war in history, taking more than 60 million lives around the world. For anyone living in Germany during the time of war, especially those associated with Jews, it was an extremely dangerous period. For Liesel Meminger and her foster family, life had never been more risky than during the times that they had a Jew hidden in their basement during World War II. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak is an emotional story about how a young girl growing up in Germany is affected in many ways by the war, and how she finds comfort in reading stolen books. As Liesel Meminger is growing up in Molching, Germany in the midst of World War II, she finds herself surrounded by death.
Tragedy, terrorism, anarchy, and genocide are all results of the same societal quality; human weakness. This quality causes us to stay seated when the world needs us to stand up. The worst of our world’s history was caused by this societal issue. Throughout time the effects of such little participation and selfishness of people in power are clear. Although many circum to weakness there are some who stand up; those brave individuals overcome the weakness and harness their own opinion and change the world.
Why I chose the book: I chose to read The Book Thief because of its setting in the Second World War. The events which occurred during this period, with specific reference to the holocaust, interest me. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a Novel by John Boyne is what sparked this interest. The expressive writing technique of the novel provokes the utmost emotion within the reader. For this reason I enjoy reading literature which makes reference to historical events which have been considered to have plagued history.
“You are going to die.” The prologue of The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, makes this fact very clear to readers. Despite knowing this however, everyone chooses to ignore that and continue living their lives because no matter how many bad things happen to you, life goes on. The characters in The Book Thief act the exact same way. They always seem to have to go through the worst case scenarios, however they always find a way to bounce back from their tragedies and move on.
Markus Zusak was born in Sydney, Australia, on June 23, 1975. He grew up listening to his parents’ stories of their childhoods in Vienna and Munich during World War II. One story his mother often told was about watching a group of Jews being marched down the street on their way to the concentration camp in Dachau. An old man was struggling to keep up with the rest of the group. When a boy ran up to the man and offered him a piece of bread, the man fell to his knees, crying and kissing the boy’s ankles.