Book Thief Essay

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Title of the book: The Book ThiefAuthor: Markus ZusakNo. of pages: 550 pagesGenre of book: Historical FictionDate: December 17th, 2013Name: Diana Leyva"They say that war is death's best friend, but I must offer you a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thin, incessantly: 'Get it done, get it done.' So you work harder. You get the job done. The boss, however, does not thank you. He asks for more. (Zusak, 309)."People die every day, however, from 1939 to 1945 Death was busier than usual. In "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, we take a look at Death from a different perspective. A perspective we are not that familiar with. We also listen to Death narrate a story about a German girl living in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger was nine years-old when she moved in with her foster parents. Despite Liesel being a nine year-old, she doesn't know how to write nor read. The desire to read and understand the power of words pushes Liesel to ask her foster dad, Hans Hubermann, for help. This desire grows and pushes Liesel further. She starts stealing books. I consider this novel one of the best literary pieces I've ever read, this novel didn't fail to capture my attention since it has such an unusual yet fascinating content. The introduction of Death as the narrator of the story and the way he introduced Liesel Meminger, the verisimilitude of the plot, and the messages this novel delivers were extremely important subjects to me.When Death introduces himself he tells us a little about himself "I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. (Zusak, 3)." The way our narrator introduced himself really caught my attention since we are not used to Death being an amiable being. The sympathy Death shows towards his victims is really astonishing, especially for a character like him. This makes Death feel like a legitimately warm character. To continue, we take a look at the manner our protagonist, Liesel Meminger was introduced. The first time Death saw the book thief was in 1939, on her way to her new home in company of her brother and her mother. The reason why the children were on their way to their foster home was because Hitler was using the power of words. However, just one of the children made it alive. That's when Death saw her for the first time. The protagonist sees her brother, Werner, being carried away by Death himself on a snowy night. However Liesel can only feel Death's presence, but she can't see him. Two days later Werner was buried and Liesel was torn. Traumatized, Liesel kneels and starts digging at her brother's grave. That didn't last long since her mother carried her away. Before getting on another train to continue her way to her foster home she spotted something black and rectangular. It was a book with silver writing on it. That was...

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