What is the central theme of the The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck?  Which passage in the novel clearly reveals this theme?

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The central theme of The Moon is Down is the resilience of the human spirit in the face of oppression. Although never referenced directly, the occupying force in the story closely resembles the Nazi occupation of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. The dogged determination of the townspeople in the story is clearly a reference to the resistance movements that helped the Allied forces fight against Hitler’s regime during World War II.

In chapter four, Alexander Morden is put on trial for the death of an invading soldier. He is ultimately sentenced to death. Just before being executed, Mayor Orden tells Morden:

Alex, go, knowing that these men will have no rest, no rest at all until they are gone, or dead. You will make the people one. It's a sad knowledge and little enough gift to you, but it is so.

The Mayor then kisses the condemned man on the cheek, who is then taken outside and shot. This shows us that even on the way to his certain death, the spirit of resilience and resistance is strong....

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