Personal Growth In Markus Zusak's The Messenger

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The traditionally Judeo-Christian philosophy that compassion for others is fundamental in the human pursuit for emotional and spiritual contentment is explored within Markus Zusak’s novel “The Messenger”. While this notion is the central principle of the text, Zusak additionally illustrates to his audience that the human propensity to endeavour to help others is intrinsically linked with personal growth. He accomplishes this through the metamorphosis of his protagonist, Ed Kennedy, who is initially portrayed as an ordinary cab-driver who is content in mediocrity until he is presented with an opportunity to prevent the escape of a bank robber. Zusak further exemplifies this personal growth through characters with whom Ed liaises and then encourages

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