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Imagery in "The Book Theif"

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Emily Jenkins

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Transcript of Imagery in "The Book Theif"

Introduction and claim
Throughout The Book Thief, Zusak uses unique wording and imagery to describe events that happen in Liesel's life.

By using the literary device of imagery, Zusak allows readers to feel as if they are a part of the story and relate to the character's, by being able to picture the scene in their minds.
Evidence 3 and commentary
"Usually it was like spillage- cold and heavy, slippery and grey. But once in a while some stars had the nerve to rise and float into the sky" (45).

During this scene Liesel is ordered to clean Frau Holtzapfels spit off of the door
Imagery and description allows the reader to feel what Liesel is feeling
Able to relate to her character
Evidence 2 and commentary
"The window was opened wide, a square cool mouth, with occasional gusty surges" (144).

Zusak uses imagery to make window into an object that symbolizes Ilsa's discomfort and struggle.
By Emily Jenkins
Imagery in "The Book Thief"
Evidence 1 and commentary
"In Liesels mind, the moon was sewn into the sky that night. Clouds were stitched around it" (57).

Readers are able to picture what Liesel is seeing
As well as the atmosphere of the scene
Evidence 4 and commentary
"Glowing pockets of street lights. Dark, passive buildings. The town hall stood like a giant ham-fisted youth, too big for his age" (169).

Imagery artfully describes the mood of the town
Relates to underlying problem of leadership
Concluding Remarks
The Book Thief is a book about a very important time in history that involved a lot of life changing events.
For a reader to properly grasp and understand these events, writer must be able to include detailed description.
By including imagery Zusak creates a picture of the scene in the readers mind, and allows the reader to feel as if they are part of the story
Evidence 5 and commentary
"A lemon candle stood beneath the branches" (461).

Creates atmosphere for scene
Shows emotion for the character of Death

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