What is the theme of "Dancing Carl"?

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Listening to your own drummer would be an good way to describe the theme in "Dancing Carl ."  He is a character that is not recognized for his better qualities because of the way he lives his life.  Marsh and Willie, unencumbered by the jaded eyes of the adults...

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Listening to your own drummer would be an good way to describe the theme in "Dancing Carl."  He is a character that is not recognized for his better qualities because of the way he lives his life.  Marsh and Willie, unencumbered by the jaded eyes of the adults around them take the time to see Carl as a sympathetic figure.  They learn of his tragedy during WWII.  They learn that he is a strong and complex man who is exactly the type of role-model young people should look to for his good qualities.  Even though Carl drinks too much and doesn't behave the way people think he should. "On the hockey ice, Carl stands for fairness even amid mayhem undisciplined by rules. On the skating ice, Carl dances from the heart, careless of who watches and stares. Carl is a model of what an adult should be: independent, tough, fair, and uninterested in what the world whispers about him."

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