The Book Thief

How does the use of personification hape the reader's reactions to Death? Wha is surprising or unexpected about the author's personification of this universal condition?

prologue part one personification

I buckled - I became interested. in the girl. curiosity got the better of me, and I resigned myself to stay as long as my schedule allowed, and I watched.

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The character of Death is really a personification of certain human traits that remain objective. I think Zusak needed Death to be accessible by readers yet set apart at the same time. Zusak uses Death as a curious "otherworld" sort of entity that is at times childlike with curiosity. Death is both enchanted with human nature and disillusioned with it at the same time. Zusak picks very neutral emotions and plays with them through his narrator.