“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”
This is my concluding post about Markus Zusak’s I am the Messenger. After a week, I finally finished 357-page “children’s book.” As I stated in an earlier post about this book, my greatest fear is that, in the end, the mysterious manipulators in his life will turn out to be some supernatural being like god.
Were my fears realized?
I am the Messenger, like its protagonist, Ed Kennedy, is not really about the “whos” and the “whys” and the “hows,” it’s more about the “what.”
And what exactly is I am the Messenger? It is a book about how ordinary people can accomplish things, and maybe, even make a difference. It’s about how seemingly ordinary gestures can mean the world to other people. It’s about how ordinary people can rise above their means and capabilities, not only to help others, but to help themselves.
Ultimately, I think it’s about hope. Hope that people have the power within themselves to change their lives, if they choose to do so. It doesn’t depend on the circumstances surrounding one’s life – it just depends on the person’s will.
To realize that you are nothing; that your are ordinary, and to want to change that, to want to be a better version of yourself, to want to want…that is the message.