How is alliteration used in The Book Thief?

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Markus Zusak is a master with figurative language in his beautifully written novel The Book Thief. Flip open to any page in the book, and readers can find any number of different types of figurative language, and alliteration is one of them. Zusak makes it easy for the literature student, as well. At the beginning of any of his chapters, Zusak provides a note or an announcement from his narrator, who is Death personified. Within these bolded announcements are facts or spoilers that Death seems to take pleasure throwing at the reader. Take the following announcement at the beginning of the chapter entitled "The Floating Book (Part 1)":

A SMALL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT RUDY STEINER: He didn't deserve to die the way he did. (141)

Out of 550 pages, Death decides to tell the reader on page 141 that Rudy dies. This spoiler, however, provides a beautiful example of alliteration using the letter d. In addition, the sentence that uses all of those ds also employs the catchy rhythm of iambic pentameter starting with the word "didn't". So not only does this spoiler hit the reader early on in the story, it is also given with beautiful figurative techniques, which makes the announcement sound like a solemn poem.

Just like the quote above, Zusak seems to use alliteration when declaring spoilers or describing character details. For example, when Max comes to Himmel Street at the beginning of the chapter entitled "A Good Girl," he is described with another alliterative sentence as follows:

Hans checked that the curtains were properly closed. Not a crack could be showing. As he did so, Max could no longer bear it. He crouched down and clasped his hands.... His fingers smelled of suitcase, metal, Mein Kampf, and survival. (185)

Notice the repetition of the letters c, m, and s in the above quote. If one reads it aloud and puts stress on those letters, it sounds very poetic. There's just something about a good storyteller who can make prose sound like poetry! It's beautifully written! The alliteration draws readers' attention to the scene and helps them feel the rhythm of intensity or suspense that alliteration can create.

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