What is the basic theme of "Good-bye, Mr. Chips"?

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parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This novelette is a very touching story about a rather shy and effaced schoolmaster who wins the affection and loyalty of his pupils. One theme would be that people are deeper and more complex than they first appear; therefore, it is unwise to make hasty character judgements. Another: 'Make most of the time at hand, because it will slip away from you sooner than you think.' Another could be something like 'Learn to give and receive in little ways.'

This is not a deep novel, thematically speaking, but it is a joy to read. It touches a common chord with such works as 'To Sir,with Love' and 'The Dead Poets Society.'

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