Essay: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Analyse how language features revealed the writer’s purpose in the written text(s).

Colour Symbolism: Red black and red – Colours of the and swastika how they relate to the text. White representing the first death in the book thief with everywhere in the scenario being white. Black representing the colour of the sky during the bombings on Hemmel street, “Next is signature black, to show the poles of my versatility, if you like. It was the darkest moment before dawn.” This quote shows that death can come at any time any place, when its your time you can’t escape it. Red obviously represents in this text the blood throughout the text

Book Symbolism: The Gravedigger’s Handbook, The Shoulder Shrug,  A Song in the Dark, The Dream Carrier: How each of these books represents the book and Liesels story. The Gravediggers Handbook represents Liesel first love for books when she found the book in the snow after the book got dropped by the caretaker at her brother Werner’s funeral. (The Gravediggers Handbook representing Death as the narrator) Cross reference to the outside world and how Liesel was determined to teach herself how to read. The Shoulder Shrug has important connections to the mayors wife as when she saw Liesel pick The Shoulder Shrug from the Nazi burning she admired the bravery of a little girl who loves reading instead of a rebellious kid. (Book also represents Liesels rebellion against the Nazis) Cross reference to Anne Franks diary and how history will never leave. The dream Carrier shows in the text when Liesel was trying to wake up Max when he was asleep. She would read to him “The Dream Carrier” every night. It also represents Liesel caring Max’s dreams so he can wake. (Book that she steals)

Death (War, narrator, Liesels shadow/fan):

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