The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Essay

1194 Words Jul 29th, 2016 5 Pages
There are a lot of myths about the character, Death, if he even exists. He has been visualized as a ghastly being, whose purpose is to retrieve your soul from your earthly body and take you to the afterlife. Death is commonly imagined as a skeletal figure wrapped entirely in a dark cloak, and he is usually associated with the concept of death and fear. Although in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Death has more personality. He is not human, he is much more complex; he is “a result.” (Zusak 6) “Please trust me. 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) After introducing himself, Death mentions the book thief and continues to summarize the introduction. At one point, Death says, “Yes, often I am reminded of her, and in one of my vast array of pockets, I have kept her story to retell. It is one of the small legions I carry, each one extraordinary in it’s own right. Each one an attempt - an immense leap of an attempt - to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it.” But what does he mean by the last sentence?
Many of the myths and legends that someone may come across in his or her lifetime will have similar concepts, but none of them will be the same. One of the many common concepts about Death is that he may be older than time itself. As long as there is something alive that would eventually have a time to die, Death has a purpose. In…

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