What is the main idea of this story?

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It seems to me that the main idea or theme is implied rather than stated in specific terms. That idea or theme has to do with important truths about life, and the magic bottle itself, which is something we would all like to have, is a device for catching and holding our interest. The story is telling us that money can't buy happiness and the things that it can buy are mostly trivial because we can't keep them. Money can't buy a longer life. The threat of hell that haunts the story is really the universal human fear of death. What is important in life, according to Stevenson, is love. The husband and wife are both willing to sacrifice themselves for each other. That is something money can't buy either. The idea of the bottle having to be sold for less than the owner...

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