Hans' Dual Personality in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

571 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 2 Pages
Despite a person’s actions, which may characterize them as evil, the good is the side that will ordinarily be recognized. Hans is one of the many characters in the novel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, who has a dual personality. The novel takes place in 1939 Nazi Germany, in which Hitler was the leader. Although it was a hard time for all, characters still showed glimpse of kindness that portrayed their humane qualities. Specifically, through Hans’ actions, he expresses his kindness and rancor, which reflects and emphasizes his duality. Hans’ kindness is shown in many different occasions throughout the novel. He is the essence of kindness. Every night when Liesel wakes up from her nightmares, Hans comforts her, by reading to her, and sits by her side until she falls asleep. Death, the narrator, says that, "Liesel observed the strangeness of her foster father's eyes. They were made of kindness, and silver. Like soft silver, melting. Liesel, upon seeing those eyes, understood that Hans Hubermann was worth a lot," (34). Hans’ eyes represent the benevolence and gentleness of his soul. The coolness of silver in which Zusak brings up is much like his calm attitude he has towards Liesel. He is extremely valuable to Liesel whether it was as a guide, a friend, and a father. When Hans discovers the book she found, he doesn't punish her, instead he promises to keep her secret if she promises to keep his secret of…