Discuss the main theme in the story. It is in the story " Calling Home " by Tim O'Brien

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There are a number of themes going on here, and it's sort of up to you to decide which you think is the main theme:

  • For Eddie and Doc, the main theme is how the war (and just the passing of time) has separated them from their family and made...

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There are a number of themes going on here, and it's sort of up to you to decide which you think is the main theme:

  • For Eddie and Doc, the main theme is how the war (and just the passing of time) has separated them from their family and made their families seem in some way like strangers.  Both of them have parents who can't really understand the technology that is allowing the call to happen.  Eddie has a little brother who has grown into a man (voice-wise) but has no real clue about what is going on in Eddie's life (Pete doesn't understand about the war).
  • For Paul, the main theme is imagination and its importance.  His call is successful even though he doesn't talk to his family.  That's because he gets to spend the whole time picturing his home and what's around it.
  • So perhaps you can say the whole thing is about how we relate to the past and to things that are in our lives but not with us.  We grow apart from our past (like Eddie and Doc have) in real life, but in our imaginations, it's still the same and we may be happier when we just imagine the past instead of actually trying to go back and relive it.
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