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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Considering Death’s preoccupation with color, you shouldn’t have much difficulty finding two examples of color in the book. As for significance, that might be a bit harder, but I can help you with this.

One way example of color comes at the start when Death says he tries to “enjoy” every color he sees. He goes on to note the “multitude of shades and intonations” that occur within each day.

The significance of this might have something to do with diversity. This might be Death’s way of suggesting that variety is beneficial and admirable. Remember, Death’s story takes place in Nazi Germany. Nazis did not promote a multicolored society. They wanted a society of only one color and only one type of person.

Speaking of Nazis, you could talk about the first appearance of white. “First up is something white,” says Death. “Of the blinding kind.” In this instance, white’s significance might be linked to Nazis. Like white, the Nazis were “blinding.” They obstructed and...

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