Words: Lifeless figures filled with potent power With the mention of death, what first comes to mind? An obvious answer tends to lurk within the cases of our hearts: emotions and memories filled with sorrow, misery, and grief. It’s likely our first characterization of death isn’t one of beauty due to humanity’s label of death as a figure of fear. However, with the introduction of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the narrator happens to be Death, whose anatomy includes emotional capabilities much like our own, proving themselves prominent and important to the backbone of the story. In the beginning, we are not only introduced to Death but many contrasting themes through a young girl, Liesel Meminger, who has become familiar with the meetings
These specific techniques portray his ideas on the destructive impact that war has on a small and large scale, human mortality and optimism in dark times. The reader is able understand the essence of the settings, follow the storyline in anticipation and be inspired rather than despondent. Zusak characterises Death as omniscient which gives insight into Liesel’s viewpoint as well as revealing important details on World War II, Nazi Germany and other events occurring outside of Himmel Street. Zusak exemplifies his idea of the extensive damage the war had on a larger scale through the short comments of Death. The “forty-million people I [Death] picked up by the time the whole thing was finished” is a personal yet informative description of the extensive amount of casualties during WWII.
John Hughes’ critical essay “Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’” supports the idea of the horrors of the war because he believes that soldiers in World War I were often dehumanized by the effects of the war. He states, “At the same time, this reading, in my view, adds a new resonance to the poem 's specification of the horror and the cost of war. My reading will center on the two-line stanza in the middle of the poem where Owen describes the death of his maskless comrade in the gas attack” (Hughes 1). This quote about Hughes’ analysis gives the readers an insight that war is a haunting experience in the mind and the body of the soldiers who have never faced the psychological effects of war. The image of Owen’s dreams about the soldier who suffocated and died in the gas demonstrates a traumatizing
Readers expect that the subject of death would be treated with more concern, but, the enigma Vonnegut presents with the phrase “so it goes”, is that death keeps life in motion. Fatalism serves as a source of renewal, for it enables the plot to progress despite constant deaths in the novel. Through the casual treatment of death throughout the novel, Vonnegut displays to the reader the true definition of a massacre and how casually death is treated in one. The reader is supposed to feel confused and betrayed by the moderate treatment of a sensitive subject. Vonnegut would even note the death of some of the most famous and signifi... ... middle of paper ... ... compassion when it comes to being a human being.
Of the novel, Germaine Bree says, "considered in its totality [The Plague] transmits a personal experience ... ... middle of paper ... ..., one way or another, and The Plague is a reminder of that absurd fact. The quote at the beginning of this paper, "To know ourselves diseased is half our cure" has its relevance in the ultimate lesson we learn from The Plague. But there is another lesson to be learned and Camus reminds us of it in The Myth of Sisyphus: "the point is to live" (Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, p.65). While facing the horrors of death, the characters in The Plague do an excellent job of bringing that philosophical point to life. Works Cited Bree, Germaine.
"I am a result," claims Markus Zusak's Death in his novel The Book Thief (Zusak 8). This state of being for the persona commonly seen as malicious and destructive provides a good view of the unique image of Death presented in the novel. Far from the scythe toting, black hooded robe wearing Death of culture's common perception, the Death here is amiable, affable, and agreeable (1). He poses to the readers wishing to find out what he truly looks like to "find [themselves] a mirror" while he continues to narrate the tale. The being here hold much more of a resemblance to a beleaguered old man with an exhaustible deep supply of dry gallows humor.
Stealing it, in a sick kind of sense was like earning it." This book st... ... middle of paper ... ...ho is such a dark character, has spoken of humans in such an unsettling way. Zusak successfully connects with the audience by communicating the ideas of inhumanity through using Death to narrate the story. Within The Book Thief, Zusak presents the reader with the reality of war torn Germany. Throughout the novel Liesel shows great lengths of humanity, even through the hardest of times.
The writer effectively raises questions about our feelings and emotions that we feel towards war and death. Throughout the poem, the photographer’s feelings have been very clear and changes as he snaps back and forth of reality and past memories. ‘’With spools of suffering’’ is an alliteration used in line 2 to draw an imagery of the spools as well as personification by giving them feelings of suffering which an inanimate object can’t feel. It shows that each stage and object that he uses to take the photographs brings back so much memories and all the feelings of detachment, sadness and anger: ‘’A hundred agonies in black-and-white’’. The deeper meaning to this quote is that the writer feels contempt and anger towards the public and how nobody cares about the individual person that died but instead looks at them as a whole, they become insignificant because of they’re great number.
It’s an opportunity for men to separate their soul and physical body. In addition, if “poison, war, and sickness” can all make us “sleep,” then why does death “swell’st.” the author shows the reader that there are many things to cause death so it shouldn’t be so arrogant with pride. In the end, all will conquer death no matter how hard it tries. The author’s details supply the reader with the clear concise idea of how death ...
The use of devices boosts the effects of the poem. In conclusion, both the poets show their experiences of war and its effects on them. Owen presents the poem in a war descriptive setting whereas Komunyakaa remembers the dreadful memories that have haunted him for life. These poems share the same idea of loss and helplessness. Komunyakaa poem is more about life, whereas Owen’s poem is associated towards death and fighting for honor.