What is the theme behind the character of Harvey?

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Strangely, I find this difficult to answer.  This might be a bit obscure, but I think that part of the answer lies in Elwood's assertion that he had to choose between "being smart and being nice."  Elwood chose the latter.  The relationship that Harvey and Elwood share is one where...

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Strangely, I find this difficult to answer.  This might be a bit obscure, but I think that part of the answer lies in Elwood's assertion that he had to choose between "being smart and being nice."  Elwood chose the latter.  The relationship that Harvey and Elwood share is one where this choice is accentuated.  We never see Harvey and Elwood sharing anything but a psychologically healthy relationship.  In a world where there is an almost insane drive to make Elwood "sane," it seems that the only psychologically fulfilling relationship present is the one that he shares with the rabbit.  This might be the theme of the play.  When Veta must choose to keep her brother's happiness with Harvey, it seems to be a statement that the relationships that make human beings better people justify themselves.

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