The Book Thief Paradox Analysis

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Humanity is considered to be beautiful but is the monster shoved in the closet. Mankind has had moments of disaster and at the same time brought groups together. Even the ugliness that is created from which events always seems to bring the best of people. This can only be described as a paradox, something that is seen as beautiful and yet be ugly at the same time. World War II is a prime example of this paradox. Hitler and the Holocaust are considered to be horrific but at the same time the world came together and helped one another. World War II left its mark on the world forever changing it good and bad. The novel The Book Thief shows another example of humanity is a paradox. Death, the narrator, tells a story about a young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II with Death often questioning how humans can be so cruel yet so kind at…show more content…
It is towards the end of the book does the audience gets Death’s thoughts saying, “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant”(Zusak,550). Death, the observer has seen the start and will see humanity's end. Yet doesn't understand how something can be beautiful and ugly and the same time. Through observing Death has seen humanity’s worst and best. That is why Death is always over and underestimating the human race. Death wonders how words hold such power, being brilliant and damming. Even though Death sees all, he does not understand all that is observed. That is Deaths obsession with humanity not being able to understand why humans act the way they
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