Monday, March 25, 2013

"I am haunted by humans"

Death never has a day off; he cannot turn around and ignore his job. Death deals with humans all the time. His job, essentially, is to take the souls of toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults to the afterlife. Unlike most assume he is actually affected by the death of humans of course it is not the death that he cannot stand it those left behind as Death himself tells us on page 5. Sometimes, as in the case of the book thief, he will find a story just lying around and he will pick it up, keep it with him, and revisit the story later. Humans are haunted by death. It is a fact that everybody knows, and everybody hates. We fear death, avoid it, but it always there right around corner the lurking as we like to think, waiting for us. What happens if we are not the only ones being haunted in this hated relationship? What if Death is just as haunted by humans as we are by him? Unlike us humans he can turn around and ignore us. He has to take our souls every day for forever. The most important text with in this novel explains this perfectly "***A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR*** I am haunted by humans" (550). This is most important because it explains the reason why the book is written in Death's point of view. He tells us in the beginning of the book "first the color. Then the humans. That's usually how I see thing. Or at least, how I try" (3). Death tries to ignore the humans left alive, but sometimes it is inevitable. That is why this book is in Death's point of view. He saw the book thief three times, and the last time he noticed a book. A book written by a little German girl in her basement late at night. He picks up this story and shares it with us the day after Liesel dies. Death's vacation, or distraction, is in the colors of the sky, but sometimes the distraction does not help him.

1 comment:

  1. This nontraditional perspective makes the book what it is. It certainly aks the reader to grapple with some heavy themes.