The Body of Christopher Creed

by Carol Plum-Ucci
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What are the themes in The Body of Christopher Creed?

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The theme of a story is a "big picture" idea that the author tries to convey throughout the book. A good example of a theme in The Body of Christopher Creed is that people can change. There is evidence for this in the character of Torey Adams, who is initially...

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The theme of a story is a "big picture" idea that the author tries to convey throughout the book. A good example of a theme in The Body of Christopher Creed is that people can change. There is evidence for this in the character of Torey Adams, who is initially introduced as having a really good life—he has a caring family, he’s popular and fairly affluent, and he’s good at music and athletics. At first, he doesn’t think twice about any of that. However, he’s more introspective than most of the people around him, and this is what causes him to start thinking about Chris’s disappearance. Gradually, he changes from being self-centered to thinking of other people, starting with Chris. His attitude toward outcasts changes as well.

You might also consider looking for evidence to support themes that have to do with individuality or status—there's plenty of room for interpretation.

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