Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

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Analyze and explain the themes of "family" and "loyalty" as you see them working in this book. How are each of these concepts defined? Provide at least one example of each theme for how you see that theme in the novel.

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Family and loyalty are mutually interdependent throughout Jonathan Lethem ’s novel. Because the Minna Men, as they come to see themselves, were raised as orphans, their growing loyalty to Frank Minna helps create a surrogate family. When the four men were children, their severe emotional deprivation from living in St. Vincent’s Home for Boys began to create a bond among them but it is not certain that it would have become as strong without Frank’s input....

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