The Book Thief Guilt Analysis

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Furthermore, when one sacrifices oneself, one leaves behind a trail of destruction that only the people alive have to deal with; this is called guilt. Guilt traverses all boundaries of human diversity and can punch the living into submission. This can be seen when the Hubermanns took Max in, and it is glaringly evident that he feels guilty. This can be seen when Death describes the note left in the house, “***THE LAST WORDS OF *** MAX VANDENBURG You’ve done enough” (chapter 55). Since Max is such a person with much literary knowledge, as guilt not only exists in The Book Thief, but also in the real world. It exists in the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans, and depression in the lives of ordinary