What is the overall theme throughout the book, The Swiss Family Robinson?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

To me, there are at least a couple of main themes in this book.

First, I would say that it emphasizes that European, scientific, masculine people can conquer any obstacle that they find in their way.  The father in the story has a huge store of knowledge and he uses...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

To me, there are at least a couple of main themes in this book.

First, I would say that it emphasizes that European, scientific, masculine people can conquer any obstacle that they find in their way.  The father in the story has a huge store of knowledge and he uses it to guide his family (all sons) and to enable them to thrive in the wild.

Second, I would say that it is meant to tell us that we need to have faith and rely on God.  There are numerous occasions throughout the book where the father talks about how important God is and the family is constantly praying.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team