The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Essay

1798 Words Dec 10th, 2015 8 Pages
Anne Frank once said, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” This powerful quote runs with a prominent theme seen in The Book Thief. That in which there is beauty in and after destruction. When good is seen in the midst of evil, that is truly a beautiful thing. In the novel The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak, the author expresses his inspiration and disgust towards humanity. As death narrates Liesel Meminger, we look into her life during world war two. She has gone through many struggles including losing her brother and her mom. One will see how she handles the ugly in the world using her love for words. Death targets Liesel because he is amazed with what she’s survived. Zusak shares these feelings. He expresses them through the beginning, middle, and end of the novel. In the beginning of the book Zusak uses a small detail to express his disgust towards humanity. More towards the first few pages of the book, the Nazi party has a book burning ceremony. As Zusak explains this celebration, he writes, “Birds above did laps. They circled, somehow attracted to the glow-until they came too close to the heat. Or was it the humans? Certainly the heat was nothing” (112). With adding this detail, Zusak expresses a disgusted tone. The birds were more scared of humans than a dangerous fire. This shows Zusak’s disgust towards humanity. He is sickened by these humans that are creating destruction. Much so to the point where birds are more terrified of…

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