The metafictional bildungsroman The Messenger by Markus Zusak explores of various didactic themes and complex characters throughout the entirety of the narrative and shows that everyone can live beyond what they are capable of.
S Ed kennedy is the main character of the book, and is shown as a protagonist, Ed helps those in need, he is challenged to do things beyond his capability.
T “You’re a dead man. I hear his voice again, and I see the words on my face when I get back in the cab in the rearview mirror. It makes me think of my life, my nonexistent accomplishments and my overall abilities in incompetence. A dead man, I think. He’s not far wrong”
E In the beginning Ed is described as a ‘dead man’. The reason for this is because he has no meaning to his life and nothing to love for, no goals, ambitions or plans for the future. When he starts receiving the cards however,ed for the first times in his life makes a difference in the world around him which pushes him to above to achieve beyond what he was originally capable of. As he completes each card ed learns many valuable life lessons, he starts to take risk, being patient and trusting others.
T”For a second or two I’m lost. Inside those thoughts. Inside those people. When I climb back out and find myself still sitting next to Audrey, I answer her question.”
E When Audrey is asking him about the cards, he thinks she won’t understand why he’s doing what he is, but even he doesn’t really get it. He’s so lost in his thoughts most of the time that he doesn’t even talk to his friends about what’s happening, and how he’s changing.