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Discuss the themes in "University Days" by James Thurber.

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Perhaps the most obvious theme in James Thurber's short story is the theme of education. The narrator of the story describes his efforts in a variety of subjects at Ohio State University, and in each instance, he finds the education he is offered to be inaccessible, uninspiring, and faintly ridiculous. In botany, for example, he is unable to see anything through the microscope except for "a nebulous milky substance," and he proposes that trying to identify the cells of a flower "takes away from the beauty of flowers." In economics, the narrator's instructor seems to spend much of his time trying to elicit some sort of intelligible response from the star of the football team, who needs to pass the course to be eligible for one of the most important games of the season. The instructor has a difficult task, owing to the fact that the football player, although "not dumber than an ox ... (is) not any smarter."

Another theme in the story is the apathy and ignorance of the young students....

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