Who is the narrator in this story? Why has the author chosen to have them narrate the story? Give some examples from the text and explain why they support your theory.
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Death is the narrator in The Book Thief. In context, the author uses Death, who has his own thoughts and opinions, to tell Liesel's story without influencing the plot, all while subtly moving the plot. Though Death is the narrator, Liesel is the storyteller. It is Liesel who put her story to words, and it is Death, who along with the reader, attempts to make sense of it all. Death's observations begin each section and are carefully placed throughout.
A final, soaking farewell was let go of, and they turned and left the cemetery, looking back several times.
As for me, I remained a few moments longer.
No one waved back.
A PHOTO OF HIMMEL STREET
The buildings appear to be glued together, mostly small houses
and apartment blocks that look nervous.
There is murky snow spread out like carpet.
There is concrete, empty hat-stand trees, and gray air.
The Book Thief