Fiddler on the Roof Questions and Answers
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How do specific lines of dialogue reveal themes in Fiddler on the Roof?

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Two of the most important themes in Stein's play revolve around the concepts of custom and tradition, and change and transisiton. 

Tevye, the main character, is responsible for a good number of the lines that reveal these two themes.  Here are a few of those lines:

"Arranging a match for yourself? What are you? Everything? The bridegroom, matchmaker, and guests in one? I suppose you'll perform the ceremony, too?"

(Tevye and his daughter)  "But we made an agreement! And with us, an agreement is an agreement." "Is that more important than I am, Papa?

"He loves her. Love, it's a new style... On the other hand, our old ways were once new, weren't they?"

(Golde and Tevye):  "Where are you going?" "Chicago. In America." "Chicago, America? We are going to New York, America. We'll be neighbors.

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