I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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Markus Zusak’s I Am the Messenger
Many issues can influence the development of an author’s novel. Maybe the author wants to focus on historical matters, and place historical references into their novel. Maybe social concerns are the topic in their novel. Or maybe the author intends for their novel to be a political work. Regardless of what sort of influence they consider placing into their novel, all authors do tend to allow one thing to influence their writing, their own personalities and personal knowledge. Creating a novel comes from within an author’s personality and experiences and naturally forms their story. Biographical influence is noticeable in the character of Ed as in Markus Zusak’s I Am the Messenger.
The location in which someone grew up and got an education often has a massive impact on how that person develops. Where you are dictates who your friends are, what school you attend, what job you get, and even who you might marry. Zusak grew up in Australia and still lives there currently. Though I Am the Messenger is not directly stated to take place in Australia, Zusak made quite clear during an interview that took place between him and the blog Yapping About Young Adult. In this interview, Zusak states that I Am the Messenger is “very Australian . . . Australians like to argue with each other, usually in a friendly sort of way” (“Interview With Author Markus Zusak,” n.p.). This clearly shows that Zusak’s work, and the development of the characters is

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