The Messenger by Markus Zusak

Protect the Diamonds
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Survive The ClubsDig Deep Through the SpadesFeel the Hearts
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And what of the joker?

Here is the worksheet for holiday homework


We will be using this study guide in class, you may want to have a look.

An interesting interview with Markus Zusak

Here is the worksheet for Thursday's Lessons 1 and 2. If finished read the above interview with Markus Zusak.

This table was created by Ms Grear and will help you in this unit:

Ed’s Messages - Revision

What Ed Gives
What Ed Gets


Company, love and closure
Confidence to face Edgar St.
He is loved
Freedom and confidence
Confidence to face Edgar St.
Beauty & purity
Edgar St.
Safety and caring
Confidence – physical and mental, toughness

Father O’Reilly
Parish, community & brother
Lust for life, faith in himself
Angie Caruso
Something of her own & belonging in her own family
Gavin Rose
Unity and brotherhood
Physical confidence through sacrifice

Tatupa Family
Christmas lights – something little that meant a lot
Family love, appreciation of simple things & beauty
Chance to be honest about her feelings for Ed
Truth about his Ma’s view of himself and family secrets
To relive his youth for a moment
A date with Audrey


Self-honesty, motivation (“to want”)
Better friendship
Courage & chance to be more emotionally open.
Satisfaction of seeing friend happy & a deeper friendship
Allow herself to love
To be loved by Audrey

Summative Assessment

Draft due: Monday 7th November

Final due: Friday 11th November

Option A

Zusak references many other texts in his novel The Messenger. In an 800 word essay, discuss the significance of a minimum of 3 literary allusions to the development of some ideas and themes in the novel.

In your essay you must:
  • Identify what you consider to be the important literary allusions, and explain why Zusak has included these texts.
  • Follow the correct structure and conventions of an analytical essay
  • Use references from the text to support your ideas
  • Write in an accurate and fluent style.

Here are some of the literary allusions in the novel:
  • films such as Cool Hand Luke, See no Evil, Hear no evil, Stir Crazy,
    Ben Hur
  • authors such as Grahame Green, Morris West, James Joyce (Ulysses), Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights)
  • songs about challenge by Bob Dylan (The Hurricane, Oxford Town, etc.), The Beatles (Eight Days a Week), Bon Jovi (You Give Love a Bad Name)
  • poetry by Sylvia Plath,

Here is a list of all the allusions in the novel:

Bob Dylan
Salvador Dali
Joan of Arc
Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder (Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil)
Jimi Hendrix
The Proclaimers “Five Hundred Miles”
David Helfgott
The Ramones
The Beatles
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
Sylvia Plath: Bell Jar
Morris West: The Clowns of God
Graham Greene: The Power and the Glory
James Joyce: Ulysses
Shakespeare: Macbeth

Cool Hand Luke: Paul Newman
Mr. Roberts (musical)
Roman Holiday: Audrey Hepburn
The Dirty Dozen: Lee Marvin
The Suitcase: Pablo Sanchez
Chariots of Fire
Cat Ballou

Here are some of the important themes and ideas we have studied in class with quotes to support:

The meaning and value of aspirations
Ed thinks he’s a ‘nobody’.
'Now you’re somebody Ed.’
‘You’re a dead man.’

Love and the need to be selfless in love
‘You can kill a man with those words.’
'But he knows that Audrey has her reasons and that ‘she just can’t do that sort of thing with me.’
‘Believe it or not – it takes a lot of love to hate you like this.’

The need to break free from social class
‘kind of like everyone’s dirty secret’
‘You don’t do that sort of thing around here.’
‘It’s not the place, I think. It’s the people.’

The need to enjoy life and accept its reality
‘If I’m ever going to be okay, I’ll have to earn it.’
‘There’s only one thing I want…To want.’
‘I love the laughter of this night. Our footsteps run and I don’t want them to end … For now, just let us run. We run straight through the laughter of the night.’

Option B

Choose a novel and film adaptation OR a text that has close links to The Messenger by Markus Zusak and write an 800 word essay that explores the connections between the texts.

  • Identify the significant relationships between the texts - characters, themes, settings, contexts, style
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the texts
  • Use references from the texts to support your ideas
  • Follow the correct structure and conventions for an analytical essay

*You must discuss your choice of texts to compare with The Messenger before you commence this option.**