What is the significance of color in The Book Thief? Give 2 examples of how it was used and the effect it had on you as a reader.

One way color is used in The Book Thief is to signify diversity. Death tells how he tries to enjoy the “multitude of shades and intonations” each day. The significance of that could be that Death, as opposed to the Nazis, likes variety and diversity. Another example is the color white. At some points, white could signify the overwhelming, totalitarian nature of the Nazis. In other scenes, the significance of white might have more to do with Liesel’s reading.

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In The Book Thief, color is linked to the complex and ambiguous nature of human morality. Colors are associated with beauty, goodness, and positivity in the book, but are also associated with tragedy, evil, and atrocity. As such, color reflects the diverse spectrum of human behavior and emotion.

This novel is set during a terribly dark time in history, in Nazi Germany during World War II. Color symbolically offers some brightness and beauty against the backdrop of dark historical tragedy and suffering.

This idea is discussed by the narrator, Death, who uses colors to distract himself from the dismal nature of his work. Throughout history, Death has witnessed tragic deaths, wars, and terrible acts of human cruelty. He relies on the beautiful, captivating colors of the world to endure his grueling job:

"I do try to enjoy every color I see- the whole spectrum. A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on. It takes the edge off the stress."

Although there are...

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