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PLOT STRUCTURE ANALYSIS
THEMES - THEME ANALYSIS
The theme of growing up is the most relevant of the novel. It is applicable to any young person
who might read this book and learn through Roy’s example. It emphasizes that growing up means adjusting to
change even when we don’t want to; it means making decisions based on a balance between the head and the
heart and then accepting the consequences of those decisions no matter what they might be; it means having
integrity and using the strength of it to help you survive; it means accepting people for who they are and trying
to work with them even when they resist; it means appreciating your parents when they are trying hard to earn
your respect; and it means learning that life will never be easy, but it can be interesting and delightful.
Another theme is corruption. This is another important idea presented to the young people who
might read this novel. It presents the reality of the world, that there are people who do bad things out of
selfishness and greed, and they often impact in devastating ways to people around them. Presenting this in
opposition to the idea of integrity helps emphasize that we all have choices in how we behave and that just
because someone is an adult doesn’t mean they are unwilling to lie to kids if it will promote their own
intentions. The readers of this book can then see how their choices can determine whether they’ll be people of
integrity or corrupt individuals.
A third theme is that of parental love. This lesson is seen in the juxtaposition of the Eberhardts
and the Leeps. The Eberhardts love Roy and hold him to high standards of behavior. They are also willing to
admit when they’re wrong and offer Roy the opportunity to make his own choices and learn from his own
mistakes. They earn his respect and he earns theirs. The opposition is seen in the Leeps. Beatrice finds herself
taking care of a father who can’t even make his own dinner, because she loves him. He seems like a good man,
but he is unable to live his own life in such a way as to earn his daughter’s respect. His second wife is a constant
disruption to any peace that there might have been in the Leep home. She is mean and uncaring and combative,
the last kind of mother any girl should want to be. As a result, the example of these two sets of parents
exemplify to the reader how parents should behave.
A final theme concerns integrity. Roy’s decision to take up the cause of the owls shows that he
values his character as a good man. Each and every person who takes the side of the underdog has this integrity
in his character and is to be admired. Many of the characters in the story choose to change their selfish traits and
take up side of the unprotected and become better people for it.
POINT OF VIEW
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