What are the themes of Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock?Is there another theme to Dairy Queen besides (needing to speak up for yourself)? Thats all I got out of it. Help!!! Dairy Queen by...

What are the themes of Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock?

Is there another theme to Dairy Queen besides (needing to speak up for yourself)? Thats all I got out of it. Help!!!

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I get the whole theme of things unsaid are left undone. But is there another theme?

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You could expand the communication theme into an idea about how communication affects relationships.  Look at DJ's father - and how he communicates differently with his children and then with his wife.

Another theme you could tap into is the idea of traditional gender roles and the way this book presents them so untraditionally.  Consider that main character, DJ, first must take over her family farm when her father gets hurt.  This is usually reserved for a son, but she is the oldest... then, she's put in charge of training a quarterback for a football team.  Not expected.  This of course leads her to trying out for the football team herself - a decision she grapples with for a long time - especially when she considers how it will make her father feel.  The communication theme is the most central - but if you were looking for something a little less obvious - I think you could do a great job discussing the breaking-out of traditional gender roles.

Finally, I think you could talk about the theme of growing up, becoming comfortable with who you are and discovering how roles change when relationships change.  DJ is clearly a bit of a tomboy.  She isn't uncomfortable saying the things other girls might never say (like blurting out that Brian needs a trainer, not a job.)  She is completely comfortable with her role as his "trainer" but things change dramatically when she starts to fall for him romantically.  This theme is a little more generic - I think it could be applied to almost any Young Adult fiction novel - so it might not be my first choice for an essay, for example, but if you just needed a list, it would be one to add.

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