The Value of Teaching the Book Thief

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The Value of Teaching The Book Thief

Supported by all the irony and vivid coloring, The Book Thief is more easily understood after acquiring knowledge of reading literature with greater care and meticulousness.  It is about Liesel Meminger and her history with death, and how she handled difficult situations with the experiences, how she survived through it with words. There is a death of a friend, the love of a parent, and survival of the people who can take it. Markus Zusak took a creative approach in writing the novel that the appalling subject matter is made more tolerable. The thing about this book that sets it apart from the rest of the books out there is the narrator, his name is Death and his job is to collect human souls. This book should definitely be taught because it is a great teaching tool, the novel gives the readers a different perspective of World War II, and the novel has an element of diversity.

Markus Zusak’s approach to writing The Book Thief allows readers to be overwhelmed and impressed by the art of writing. He does this by using an immense amount of figurative language. The story unfolds as metaphorical abstraction with enlightening imagery and fascinating analogies. An example imagery would be, “The orange flames waved at the crowd as paper and print dissolved inside them. Burning words were torn form their sentences” (Zusak, 112). The novel has literary devices that students can learn to identify and then adapt it into their writing. Zusak writes The Book Thief in an omniscient perspective, with this the reader can almost see the story through the character’s eyes. The novel also has a strong use detailed descriptions, similes, metaphors and analogies. For example, "No, hair like twigs. That's what it looks like when it hasn't been washed. Look out for hair like twigs and swampy eyes and a kindling beard" (Zusak, 509).

The novel gives readers a fresh perspective with Death. The fact that Death was given some emotion and even...
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