What is the theme in the book Tuck Everlasting?

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Tuck Everlasting has a profound theme for a children's novel. The teaser on the cover reads, "What if you could live forever?" This question is explored with surprising depth and pathos in the story. The Tuck family—Tuck, Mae, Miles, and Jesse—have drunk water from a magic spring that renders them incapable of growing old or dying. What might seem like an astounding blessing turns out to be a curse for them, or at least for the oldest three Tucks. The novel reveals four different takes on immortality, three of which are predominantly negative and one of which is naively positive. After being exposed to all four perspectives, Winnie must decide for herself whether she wants to take on the special ability the Tucks have.

Mae Tuck tries to put a positive face on her plight by keeping a relatively cheerful and sanguine attitude, but it is apparent that her immortality prevents her from enjoying the normal progress of life as a wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. To avoid...

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