Analyze Markus Zusak writing techniques in plot, characters and settings. PLEASE HELP!  Things to consider reaction, emotions, maturity, personality, symbolism and metaphor, colors, smells,...

Analyze Markus Zusak writing techniques in plot, characters and settings. PLEASE HELP!

 

Things to consider reaction, emotions, maturity, personality, symbolism and metaphor, colors, smells, reaction, moods and weather

thank you sooo much!

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Probably the most significant technique in this novel, the one that makes the book stick out from other WW2 novels, is the point-of-view.  The details of your original question exceed the Enotes limit of one question at a time, however, I think you can easily explore each of the elements listed through analyzing the point-of-view of the book.  This is the first book I have ever read in which the narrator is an unseen character who does not have omniscient knowledge, but is able to have almost omniscient presence.  This narrator, as you know, is Death.

By telling the story through the unemotional eyes of the collector of dead souls, Zusak is able to take the much-written-about subjects of Nazi Germany, oppression, and death, and spin a completely new tale from anything that has ever been written.

To help you get started, you might consider the following ideas:

  • Death, as a character, sees everything but no one sees him.
  • Because he is not human, the narrator has a different perspective on life, therefore, the tone of the book (in light of so many people dying) is less heavy and less depressing--but no less severe--than it might otherwise be.
  • There is a very dark and ironic humor woven into the details of the story, again, because of Death's lack of emotion and ability to see a much bigger picture.
  • The lack of emotion heightens the severity of the Holocaust tragedy because it reflects the ignorance of the world at the time it was taking place, as well as the void so many souls must have undoubtedly felt when it took so many years to put an end to the horror.
  • The reaction of the audience is not swayed nor forced by an author-created sense of emotion in the story.  By presenting most details using a matter-of-fact tone and the style of brief news reports, the author allows his audience to choose how to react.
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