Analysis Of The Book Thief And All The Light We Cannot See

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n what ways does The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See portray war from a child’s perspective? Markus Zusak in The Book Thief and Anthony Doer in All the Light We Cannot See portray war from a child’s perspective. The Book Thief is set in 1939 Germany, featuring a young orphan who moves in with a new family during World War II, whereas All the Light We Cannot See is set in France and Germany from 1939-1945 featuring a French blind girl and a young German Solider. Both novels through a range of literary techniques showcase themes such as loss of innocence and death, with a contrast with courageous acts during war. To begin, Zusak and Doer use literary techniques to showcase loss of innocence. Zusak positions the reader to consider a loss of innocence through the imagery of the death of Liesel, “still in disbelief, she started to dig. He couldn’t be dead”, showcasing how his death gravely effects her. Doer employees irony to emphases loss of innocence with Maurie-Laure losing her father, “he says he will never leave her, not in a million years”, she is forever scarred as a result of this as he leaves and never comes back and gains serious trust issues. Also, Zusak portrays Rudy’s loss of innocence after watching Jesse Owens performance in the Olympics. He is so impressed with his performance, in honest adoration he put charcoal all over himself and tried to recreate the race at the local track, and ignorant to the negative connotation that would follow, “I just

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