What is the theme of the chapter "Sulfur" in The Periodic Table by Primo Levi?
One could argue that the theme of the chapter "Sulfur" in The Periodic Table by Primo Levi is the primacy of mind over matter. In the story, an Italian worker remains calm and composed while trying to prevent a massive industrial boiler from exploding. That he's able to save the day is a testament to the power of mind over matter.
In "Sulfur," an Italian boiler-man by the name of Lanza saves his factory from exploding by figuring out what's wrong with an overheating boiler. Without his hard work, scientific know-how, and ingenuity, the place would have been blown to smithereens, If the explosion hadn't been prevented, it would have represented a huge victory for matter in its never-ending war with mind.
It's fair to say that most people in Lanza's situation would've...
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