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What is the theme in Four Steps to Death by John Wilson?I believe it is that war makes...

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camper987 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM via web

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What is the theme in Four Steps to Death by John Wilson?

I believe it is that war makes people commit bad deeds such as kill people. I am comparing it to Saving Private Ryan. I need help please. Thanks for the help.

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zward03 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 25, 2011 at 7:53 AM (Answer #2)

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Theme is not always easy to narrow down and you can often come up with more than one theme. Theme is just the controlling or central idea of a story. You could work with the idea you stated in your question and you could also consider something like 'the people stuck in the middle of a war and how they cope with violence, tragedy, and loss' as a theme.

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johnwilsonauthor | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 25, 2011 at 1:09 PM (Answer #3)

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zward03 is right, all my historical fiction is about how people deal with being stuck in extreme situations they don't fully understand. Consider how each character adapts. They start by falling back on ideology but that doesn't work in the situation they find themselves in. In one sense it is the youngest character who adapts best. Have fun with it.

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hjzhou | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 2, 2013 at 2:40 AM (Answer #4)

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