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What are the themes of Goodbye, Columbus? What characterization or symbolism support those themes? 

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One of the most important themes of the stories is class differences.  Since Neil and Brenda are from different social classes, they do not have an equal relationship.  Neil, who is poor, cannot see himself as an equal to Brenda's richer family and considers himself in competition with them.

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