The Book Thief

How would the meaning of the novel change if the narrator was just another unnamed human instead of Death?

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Death represents humanity. He has no emotional attachment to the human world, and because of this, he is capable of giving the reader an objective, almost child-like view of humanity. Death spends a lot of time contemplating both the heroism and evil that people are capable of. His view is honest and straightfoward, unlike a human observer who would be tied up with preconceived notions and bias.


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