" I witness the ones who are left behind, crumbling among the jigsaw puzzle of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs"( Zusak, 5).
Although this novel is about how a young girl steals books during the holocaust and goes through all these different situations at home, the story itself is narrated by death. Constantly there, overshadowing every move of every human that walks the earth. Liesel is surrounded by death. Her brother, the pilot, her mother, etc. Yet, she is the one who has to deal with the aftermath of death. Death is an ending for some, but a never ending memory for the living. She has nightmares, over and over, thinking of her brother on that train taking his last breath. Her brother doesn't have to deal with nightmares because he simply is resting in peace while his sister is tortured by something forever. Death is constant.
Although some may not experience the aftermath of death, they still have to deal with the fact that one day, they too will die. There is never a certain time or place, your soul could be taken at any moment. Death in the story and in real life are no different than each other. From books to TV shows to actual life, everyone who has experienced it has understood the pain and suffering that may accompany it. Liesel is used to having nightmares of her brother, and so may your neighbor next door but you will never know yourself. Death is inevitable. Time and Death go hand in hand, the only thing we can do is live while you can and not worry for when your time is up. The novel and real life are the same when it comes to this topic.
Theme 3: The power of words can change others