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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One theme of the book is coming of age.  Childhood is hard, especially when you are trying to find yourself and handle a difficult home life.  At the same time, it is really a book about identity.  How do you establish yourself?  How much does where you come from impact who you’ll be?

artmlk | Student

One theme of the book is coming of age.  Childhood is hard, especially when you are trying to find yourself and handle a difficult home life.  At the same time, it is really a book about identity.  How do you establish yourself?  How much does where you come from impact who you’ll be?

Arnold struggled with his Identity when he  had his first day of going to Reardon he didn't know anyone there, and due to that he had to stand up for himself. He immidealtly established a Persona with the students at Reardon. Arnold didn't allow himself to be pulled in by the overwhelming amount of hopelessness in his community. He stayed hopefull because he knew that it would help his family in the end. I think that it is up to the person whether or not they will give into the way of life rather than the way life should be better if you change it by doing something about it. 

boots1234 | Student
Themes

What would you say the theme of the book is?

I would say that there are multiple themes in this book. Race, Alcoholism, wealth, and sex. These of course arn't all of them but these seem to show up a TON in the book. Some of these themes such as race are explored more in the book than say, wealth but I would say that it is a crucial theme. 

boots1234 | Student
Themes

What would you say the theme of the book is?

I would say that there are multiple themes in this book. Race, Alcoholism, wealth, and sex. These of course arn't all of them but these seem to show up a TON in the book. Some of these themes such as race are explored more in the book than say, wealth but I would say that it is a crucial theme. 

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