Death, narrator of this story, keeps us entirely focused on mortality. Death himself has nothing to do with why people die. He only exists because people die. He has the job of separating the deads souls from their bodies and carrying those souls away to the . Death lets us know from the beginning that this is a very sad and tragic story. But then again this story is set during WWII and the Holocaust, we witness the deaths of many innocent and not so innocent people, which is to be expected in a book about this time period. Death tells us that most of the characters we will begin to love will die by the end of the book. There are very few who do survive in the end of this tragic tale. Which is a very realistic happenstance back then.
The main conflict of the story seemed to be thievery. Although
Liesel steals the books she is ,at the same time, liberating them from destruction. The whole idea of stealing as a horrible thing to do comes into question. Liesel risks death or torture in doing this as well. Her theft is also a self-education and an act of rebellion against the Nazis. Liesel has found that ideas, if kept alive, are very sacred and important. Still, just having the books or talking about the ideas is very dangerous for Liesel and all who sympathize with her. So that is a very big conflict, the fact that stealing books has the possibility of death is a major conflict in itself. People should have access to education and Liesel believes that she deserves this right.
The story is told in third person, the narrator's identity is known as death, whom tells the story in a dry sarcastic manner. He seems to know what is happening Liesels mind during the story, an example of this is on page 20 part one, “ For Liesel Meminger, there was the imprisoned stiffness of movement and the staggered onslaught of thoughts,