Comparing The Night Circus And The Book Thief

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Two contrasting novels, extremely different plots, but are they truly as different as they seem? One story is about two star-crossed lovers, attempting to stay together even though they are bound to fight each other to the death, and the other about a young girl who grows up in a small German town during World War II and how much she is affected by the war. Throughout the novels, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, there are many similarities as well as differences. One of these similarities is the writing style that both of the authors utilize. The Book Thief and The Night Circus have homogeneous writing techniques through the format of the respective novels, but vary in the way of portraying imagery. One of the major similarities between The Night Circus and The Book Thief is the…show more content…
Nearly every chapter in The Night Circus is from a different character’s perspective, occasionally in the reader’s. The first chapter starts with the second person point of view, “Now the circus is open. Now you may enter” (Morgenstern 6). This is so the reader can feel more integrated with the story and experience the circus as themselves and not as a character. Similarly, The Book Thief doesn’t have every chapter from the main character, Liesel’s, point of view. Occasionally the chapter’s are from Death’s point of view. When the chapter is in Death’s perspective, Death talks to the reader about all the dead people and their souls that They must take during WWII, as well as what is to come in the story. Also, from Death’s perspective, the reader is transported outside of Himmel Street, the story’s setting. The same thing happens in The Night Circus. Not every character is part of the

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