In Sudden Silence what is the author's purpose or theme of the book? 

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Sometimes even novels are written with a strong purpose.  Sudden Silence is one of these.  The author’s purpose is to warn people of the dangers of alcoholism and alcohol abuse.  The theme of death and destruction serves this purpose well.  One main theme is the pointlessness of death, as Bry’s mother comments about his death.

“Isn’t it ironic?” Mom said loudly. “I don’t drink, your dad never has more than a couple of beers, and here’s our son, killed by a driver who was probably drunk.” (p. 63)

With Sudden Silence, the author wants readers, especially teenagers, to think about the widespread devastate that simply drinking and driving can cause.  The book’s message is effective because there is a strong story with believable, likable characters, but the purpose is clear.

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Bunting, Eve. A Sudden Silence. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988. Print.
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