The Book Thief Essay

618 WordsDec 19, 20133 Pages
Suffering is a temporary emotion, however results in an everlasting effect. In the compelling novel, The Book Thief by Markus Zuzack, the concept of suffering is explored through (1) the death of Liesel's brother , (2) guilt in oneself, and (3) crime against the Nazi's will. Markus Zuzack portrays suffering as typical amongst human life and has a significant effect on the way a individual functions. Death is one of the most important aspects of The Book Thief. It is portrayed constantly throughout the story, because the narrator himself symbolizes death. As the narrator states,"I witness the ones that are left behind, crumbled among the jigsaw puzzles of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs" (5), which relates to the impact of Liesel's brother death on his loved ones. It conveys the idea that those whom experience a lost suffer more, because they bear the grief each and everyday. Liesel struggles as she has to deal with the departure from her brothers gravesite as it serves as a final farewell. It is evident that this tradegy causes her to suffer as it is stated, "Every night, Liesel would nightmare" (36). Although Liesels' brother does not exist physically in her life, in these dreams they do. The dreams terrify her as it brings her back to the day of his death, but it also brings her closer to him. Overtime she learns to avoid her suffering and not let it define who she is and her actions. She learns to embrace the nightmare and use it as a learning purpose to accept the fact that Werner is gone on Earth but not in her heart. Liesel understands that death is certain and inevitably she encounters it. However, she has a different perspective on it as she doesn't suffer, instead she accepts her death as she understands it is a form of life. While death results in heartbreak it leads to the individual affected

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