The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, was able to entice his readers by successfully framing the book thief 's story and giving us a better understanding of the book through the use of many color metaphors by the narrator. The prologue is my most beloved part not only because the color metaphors give captivating descriptions of every scene at the beginning of the story. Additionally, in the prologue—the author introduced us to such an “unlikely” narrator, and to the protagonist. Death, who associates the demise of others with the changing “colors of the sky,” and what those colors mean to the story; and the book thief—as a survivor. For instance, in “Beside The Railway Line” chapter, the book thief loses someone to death for the first time. Death describes her loss through the color of the sky. “Yes, it was white. Of the blinding kind . . . It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in snow . . . Trees wore blankets of ice . . . As you might expect, someone had died . . . There was one mother and her daughter. One corpse.” It is white since it is winter, and there is snow everywhere, a “blinding kind” of white. In this chapter, the color represents the environment when Death has come for the book thief’s brother. Not only that “white” signifies the book thief’s “virginal” experience with loss, but it is also one of the colors of the Nazi Party Flag, under Hitler 's rule—that caused millions of Jewish deaths during the World War II. Following is the color black. In

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