What is the overall theme of "The Background" by Saki?

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One could interpret this story as a salutary warning against the dangers of idolatry: worshipping a piece of art as if it were a god. Henri Deplis has a masterpiece on his back, a tattoo depicting the fall of Icarus, but instead of its being a source of delight, it brings him nothing but trouble. The good burghers of Bergamo won't allow him to go sea bathing, as the salt might damage this great work of art. It would seem that the tattoo has greater value to the townsfolk than Henri's freedom of movement does.

And the restrictions doesn't stop there. Henri is prevented from leaving the country, as it would break the law...

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