What does it mean when it asks "Where do you stand in terms of the story's theme?"?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The question, which apparently was asked on a take-home quiz or some such test, is rather vague. I presume the question is asking you to express your own feelings, not so much about the technique or quality of the story, but about the value of the theme as literature. The theme of the story has to do with hunting human beings for sport. Do you consider this theme to be in good taste? Should we enjoy reading about humans being hunted down like animals? How did you feel when you read the story? Did you like it? What did you think of the man who was so wealthy he could own his own private island and spend his time hunting people? Isn't he a sort of sophisticated savage? Do you think stories of this type should be written? Should be published? Or do you think any story with such a theme is in bad taste and only appeals to the worst emotions in the reader? You can appreciate the dramatic effectiveness of the story without approving of the story itself. I hope this is helpful.


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