During the disarray of this time period, and with Death’s job at all time high, we find Liesel beginning to make radical connections with not only the people and scene around her, but with the words and the books that compose her new foundation. Throughout the progression of the book, we follow the rivers of Liesel’s relationships. Nestled beneath the surface of them all lies two mighty antipodes: Hitler and Death. With these powers as the control panel, we see much destruction, devastation, and despair within the story, but only one of those characters is at fault. Despite the fact that we would typically place the fault upon both Hitler and Death, in an eye opening reality, humanity is illustrated in the character who isn’t even human. In The Book Thief, an interesting perspective is shown through Death’s .
.er it be the contrast of Hitler and Death or words being the saving grace, there ‘s not a dull moment in Markus Zusak’s writing. With every string in the reader’s heart being pulled in a different direction, an abstract combination of emotions is induced. Because of Death’s shocking ability to display Hitler’s successes of mass murder with complete comprehensiveness, The Book Thief will leave the reader speechless, torn, exhausted, and in love with words. In addition, the audience will be left disgusted with the history of humanity while being revived with new hope as they read a book packed with realistic brutality and beauty. Through the contrast of characters, it is shown that although humans are fooled into believing they bear might, it’s the words in reality; words carry the weight, and it ‘s up to people to decide how they are to use the potent power of words.