Friday, February 4, 2011

Colours in The Book Thief

Colours are used by Markus Zusak for a purpose. Discuss the symbolic nature of colour found in the prologue. Also discuss how the narrator himself uses colour. Of course, you will provide us with evidence from the text with page references given in brackets after you present the quotation.  (Pages Prologue and up to 15).

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  1. The symbolic nature for the grim reaper to be using colors to give life to the book, to give description in another perception. The narrator also uses colors to distract him from survivors. "People observe the colors of a day only at it's beginnings and it's ends, but it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of a thousand different colors... I make it a point to notice them." In this he describes the day and night of colors and how it is very true of how us humans "the survivors" notice the bright sky in the morning and the dark silent sky at night, he notices the colors of the day in a different perspective in the was he makes the colors come alive with putting the color to work in describing life.

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  2. Colours in the novel 'The book Theif' are very important. they resembal death, life, keeping people sane and distractions. The narrator uses colours to distract himself from all of the living people, the survivors. He states that colours do not just show at the beginning and at the end of the day, however that there are thousands of different colours throughout one whole day, which i thought was a very interesting thought. The book even has a seen in which everything is white, which is a colour that resembles, innocence or new life. During this scene where everything is white, a young boy dies, which is not just a coincidence, however a symbol. Colours in this book are very interesting and are used in many ways to explain further into detail.

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  3. In the novel The Book Theif the narrator of the novel, Death, uses many colours. He uses colours to distract himself from the horrible job he has. Death says, " First up is something white. Of the blinding kind." He is uses coulours to put pictures in our heads so we can get a good idea of what he is talking about. Later on the same page he talks about snow and winter, white reminds me on snow and winter. Pg 6.

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  4. In Markus Zusak novel The Book Theif the narrator , Death used colours to represent innocence,and death . The way that Zusak uses colours to portras innocence by making the scene where the younge boy dies(page 6)in the dead of winter, where the scenery is all white repressenting the young boys innocent life. The way the Death uses colours to represnt death are dark colourse such as reds, grays, and black. On page 12 the narrator talks about how the sky was red with black crumble before the bomb sirens sounded to late, those colours gave foreshadowing to all of the people that would die due to the fact that the sirens didn't give them a warning of what was to come.

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  5. I think the purpose and use of colors by the narrator is because the Grim Reaper is a dark character from old story’s as a kid, or just hearing about him. I think the Grim Reaper sees the color to show that he not just dark he sees the whole spectrum of colors. The colors also are used to give the scenes or theme more death and makes the reader more involved and make the reader more emotional attached and understand the message. The Grim Reaper also looks at colors because he doesn’t like looking at the people around him or the survivors as he calls them, so he look at colors to distracted him or take his mind off them and take him mind off the fact he’s taking souls. this is shown on page 14 “I see a long list of colors,but the three in witch i saw her(red ,white and black) in flesh that resonate the most. i hang suspended until a septic truth bleeds to clarity.” The red was shown in this chapter as blood or a haze of clarity, the white was shown as the circle of life or the life and death that happens, and finally black was used to show darkness of the Nazi or the evil.

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  6. The narrator in the story, “The Book Thief,” he Talks about the colours when he takes peoples souls because it distracts him from the survivors. On pg 3 at the beginning of the story death sees the colours first then the humans. That is what he usually he see things, or at least he try’s. Death notices thousands of different colours like, waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Death has a murky darkness in his line of work; he makes a point to notice them (pg4). He likes to notice the colours because it distracts him. He doesn’t like the survivors, so he can do his job constantly. Death uses the colour red on pg12 because there was a war going on and they got bombed and a lot of people died. Death used the symbol red as death.

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  7. Death's obssession with the colors of the sky relate to imagery. It helps set the mood of the story. By focusing on the sky-colors at the times of the deaths, Death suggests that there is a connection between a person's death and the natural world. The idea that each person dies with their own color gives a vision of a world which cares about humans. The colors are also a distraction for Death because he focuses on them instead of putting all his attention on the death's of humans.

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  8. Well done ladies and gentlemen! The work you are posting is quite good. Do remember to give examples quoted from the text to support your ideas as Alex and Austin have done above. The detailed discussion of these quotations is where you gain the most marks! Keep blogging!

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  9. In this novel “The book Thief” the author Markus Zusak uses colours as a fascination of the narrator “Death”. Death uses different colours to represent different people, places and different times. He/She keeps their mind wandering by using the colours as a distraction from the people who are left in the wake of death. “ 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. Which in turn brings me to the subject I am telling you about tonight, today, or whatever the hour and color. It’s the story of one of those perpetual survivors-an expert on being left behind.” pg5. Overall these colours have different meanings and represent different things such as white being pure and innocent, black being evil and corrupt and red being blood and desperation.

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  10. The narrator or Death uses colors to help describe how he feel's when he's doing his deed. Death also uses colors to get the reader more interested in the book. For example on (pg.14) “when I recollect her, I see a long list of colors, but it's the three in which i saw her in the flesh that resonate the most. Sometimes I manage to float far above those three moments.I hang suspended, until a septic truth bleeds to clarity. That's when i see them formulate.”( the colors are red, white, black) Where the color red is used to describe a bloody time. The white is used to describe life and death and the circle they follow. Lastly the black is used to describe death and evil and the darkness that comes with it.

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  11. The symbloic nature of using colors in this book is for the narrator to describe himself and his job of taking souls to give life to the reader. The narrator (grim reaper) uses colors in this novel to distract from the left over humans and survivors."Needless to say, I vacation in increments. In colors" (page 5, Death and Chocolate) In this death describes the way he takes his vacation and the use of colors in his world.

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  13. The symbolic nature of the colors in the book resemble death and darkness.

    The narrator uses color to distract himself from the people around so he can do his job without any distractions or problems and can get it done and go. Colors keep him sane.

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  14. The use of colors in The Book Thief, are very important. It sets the mood for the setting and time. it helps descibe the way the Grim Reaper sees things. Death explains colors as a distraction. He needs a distraction so he doesn't get emotionally attached to the people who are hurting through the grief of their loved one who just passed. "i however try to enjoy every color i see- thew whole spectrum". I think he forces himself to like all the colors so he can just deal with any color is available

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  15. The symbolic nature of colour found in the prologe is when markus got the groom reaper to take the little boys soul and it was white and that was because white symblos snow,death,innaccents and childhood, the narrator himself dose use coulor because to show death and blood !

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  16. In the novel entitled “The Book Thief”, Markus Zusak portrays that Death uses colours to escape the harsh reality of what his job is, being the grim reaper. Death uses colours as a distraction because he cannot stand seeing the souls that survive.“ 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. Which in turn brings me to the subject I am telling you about tonight, today, or whatever the hour and color. It’s the story of one of those perpetual survivors-an expert on being left behind” (pg.5). Death uses these colours to represent different things some examples of this; white being a symbol of innocence, black being the colour of death, and red being the colour of blood.

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  17. In the novel "The Book Thief" the narrator or "death" as they call him uses colors to show that he's not all evil, and that he has a soft side to him.For example "I do, however, try to enjoy every color i see-the whole spectrum".(pg.4) Death trys to use colors to take his mind off the job he has to do. In conclusion the narrator dosen't like his job and isen't all evil.

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  18. The narrator of "The Book Thief" uses colours to distract himself from his terrible day to day reality being Death. Death talks about seeing white and the symbolic nature of white is death and innocence, helpless. "It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in snow. Like it had pulled it on, the way you pull on a sweater. Next to the train line, footprints were sunken to their shins. Trees wore blankets of ice. As you might expect, someone had died."(p.6)

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  19. Death, who is the narrator of "The Book Thief" likes to use, talk, and think about colors. He mostly does this so he can escape the reality of his job of collecting souls, he also hates seeing souls escape him. "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. Which in turn brings me to the subject I am telling you about tonight, today, or whatever the hour and color. It’s the story of one of those perpetual survivors-an expert on being left behind." (Pg. 5)

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  20. Death is the narrorator of the book called "book thief". Death uses colours to distract him from the living, Death describes three colors,white,from when liesls brother died.Black,from when the american pilot crashed his plane and red, from the sky during the firebombing.

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  21. The novel “The Book Thief” is made up of simple images, like colours. Death associates the death of others by a certain colour depending on the sky. Death relates different people to different colours trying to clearly explain their appearance so we can picture, relate and also analyze the situation. He enjoys relating the death of others to colours because it takes the edge off the stress and helps him relax. He uses colours as a distraction as well because he cannot stand seeing the souls that survive, if this weren’t the case he would get emotionally attached to the souls that survived. “I witness the ones who are left behind, crumbling among the jigsaw puzzle of realization, despair, and surprise” pg 5, are the feelings of the survivors.

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  23. In this novel "The Book Thief" narrator "Death" uses colours to help keep him sane.For example "I do, however, try to enjoy every color i see-the whole spectrum".(pg.4)The narrator also uses colors to distract him from survivors.For example "People observe the colors of a day only at it's beginnings and it's ends, but it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of a thousand different colors... I make it a point to notice them." (pg.4) Therefore Death uses colours to help distract himself from the survivals that are unhappy to help him stay sane.

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  24. Death, the narriartor in this novel “The Book Thief” uses colours to help him deal with all the sorrow in his job and makes him focus more on the souls that he should be taking and not the survivors. I think that death uses different colours to symbolize the emotions that are going on in each chapter. Death also describes each colour as a different symbolism, red symbolises blood while the war is going on, then he will use black to symbolise death when the war is over and when he is taking the souls of the non survivors. He says that Colours keep him sane.

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  25. The colours used in Markus Zusak “THE BOOK THIEF “purpose are to help keep the narrator/ death sane and relaxed from his job. It also helps keep his mind off the people he hates the leftover humans or the survivors they are the ones that he can’t stand to look at. “It keeps me sane. It helps me cope, considering the length of time I’ve been performing this job. The trouble is who could ever replace me? Who could step in while I take break in your stock-standard resort-style vacation destination, whether it be tropical or of the sky trip variety?” the best and only vacation he can get he works 24/7 and the only break is the colours in the sky from the dead.pg 4, 5.

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  26. The narrator of this book is Death. He uses colours to distract himself from noticing the survivors. The survivors being the leftover humans. For example, when he sees the shade/colour white, it symbolizes death and innocence.
    “Still, it’s possible that you might be asking, why does he even need a vacation? What does he need distraction from? Which brings me to my next point. It’s the leftover humans. The survivors. They’re the ones I can’t stand to look at...” (Prologue, 5)

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  27. Death uses "colors" as a way to describe characters in the story, to show that he's not all evil, and that he does care about things. E.G "I do, however, try to enjoy every color I see-the whole spectrum".(pg.4) Death trys to use colors to describe the personality of characters. Death uses these colours to symbolize different things such as white symbolizing innocence black symbolizing death and red symbolizing blood.

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  28. In the novel, "The Book Theif", the narrator uses colours to not only symbolize things and settings but to keep him sane. He uses the colour white to symbolize the innocence of the boys life he took. "Yes, it was white. It felt as if the whole globe was dressed in snow."
    Death also uses the colour red to symbolize in the novel. Red symbolized blood. The setting is in Germany during the war. "The last time I saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boloing and stirring. In some places it was burned."
    Then he continues to say, "Blood streamed till it was dried on the road and the bodies were stuck there, like driftwood after the flood."
    The bombing had killed people and that is where red symbolizes.

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