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What is the main theme in The Wind in the Willows?

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Choosing a main theme is difficult because it is a subjective choice. Different readers are going to see different themes as central to the story. For example, a major theme that I see now (but didn't as a child) is the theme of materialism. Toad is a wealthy, playboy-type character, and having money, spending money, and owning nice things is how he pursues happiness. Granted, the book shows Toad's tendencies as not something that is positive about him, but the theme is present throughout most sequences that Toad features in. I think other central themes are the themes of friendship and forgiveness. I have a hard...

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