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What are some themes of "The Red-Backed Spider" by Peter Cowan?

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swarnamalis | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted August 20, 2013 at 5:32 AM via web

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What are some themes of "The Red-Backed Spider" by Peter Cowan?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM (Answer #1)

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One theme that is in Cowan's "The Red-Backed Spiders" and that runs through his other short stories like "The Island" is that of the dark sided anti-hero who presence adds a malevolent sub-plot and introduces violence and selfishness. Cowan allows these themes open consideration of their undesirability, their power and their effects on others' lives.

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