Carlos Ruiz Zafon Analysis

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Journal “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” (Page 5-6) This book, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, as a whole was quite influential. It is difficult to decide which passage to choose when each and every word is written so beautifully and touches you and connects with you. After reading the book, I kept on remembering this certain passage that for me defined the main theme of the book. We live in a world that depends heavily on literature. However, we take that for granted and dismiss the importance of it so readily. This passage…show more content…
It is valuable and dangerous to acquire. It makes you wonder why these books are hidden. Books give power to the reader by enflaming ideas in their heads and open up their minds. That is dangerous to the people who want to control people and oppress them. The text itself gives the person strength but the idea of how precious what they are holding empowers the reader furthermore. Now it’s their own little secret weapon that they must protect at all costs and then pass it on when the time is right. This book also talked about is we only see and understand what our mind lets us. Just like when we meet someone at first, we only see them for what we can imagine a person to be. Nothing more, nothing less. But when you continue reading that book, getting to know the person, you start to see, learn, and appreciate what wasn’t there before. This passage and book sparked an idea in my own idea. It made me look at the world events around me and certain realizations hit me. In all these countries, where people are oppressing or trying to oppress people, education isn’t a priority. Books and education aren’t so readily available and it makes me think if that is on purpose or just a weird coincidence. What better way to make people weak by taking away free thought and an environment where their minds can nurture and grow? I finish this paper with this thought in my head and feeling
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