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What is the theme of "Get up and Bar the Door"? I need to write an advice letter in...

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Posted November 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM via web

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What is the theme of "Get up and Bar the Door"? I need to write an advice letter in regards to the theme?

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM (Answer #1)

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The theme is stubbornness. Both the man and his wife in the ballad are stubborn. They are tired everyday and each one does not want to do anymore than what is necessary. They make a rule: the person who speaks first must bar the door. They stick to that rule because each one is committed to winning out over the other. And they will not move an inch to help the other. In the end, a man threatens to take away the wife and he speaks up, of course, breaking his vow of silence. Therefore he must bar the door.

Your advice letter might address stubbornness. It might address the issue of getting along between two people who live together.

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