Essay on The Book Thief By Mark Zusak

1072 Words Jul 30th, 2016 5 Pages
“The Book Thief” has broadened my understanding of the way that historical fiction can be used to create a sense of realism to historical events, notably through Mark Zusak’s creation of realistic characters that effectively portray what it was like to live in Nazi Germany during the second World War. This has been achieved through Mark Zusak’s successful incorporation of various literary techniques throughout the book. A number of these literary devices will be elaborated in this essay.
One of the more striking techniques employed by Mark Zusak in “The Book Thief” is personification where he effectively uses Death as the narrator of the book, and creates a Humanised concept of Death. Death has been uniquely personified to display human emotions, that allows him to connect extensively with the readers. Quote: “I do not carry a sickle or a scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance” (Page 307). This quote shows how Death is personified to show human emotions such as coldness, and has other human traits such as the willingness to show compassion to others. The Quote: “Even Death has a heart” (Page 242), tells the readers that Death feels compassion for the people who die, this quote is also shown when Death feels sadness when picking up dead souls. “The Book Thief” displays how Compassion can be still relevant when we think about World War II today, and all the…

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