The Book Thief

What is the importance (or symbolism) of Death’s role as the narrator in the novel?

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Death is an important narrator because he is able to provide Liesel's point of view, as well as to provide certain information that Liesel wasn't privy to. Death also provides a unique perspective of death and dying..... he has seen it all, and he is tired..... exhausted and appalled. Death is haunted by his experiences, and if anything, he symbolizes a beleaguered outsider baffled by the paradoxes of human nature.


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