The Ransom of Red Chief Questions and Answers
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What is the theme of "The Ransom of Red Chief"?

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There are a number of themes that can be identified in “The Ransom of Red Chief.”  For me, the two main themes can be summed up in proverbs: “don’t bite off more than you can chew,” and “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

These are not the only themes of this story.  If you follow the link below, you will find a very good discussion of this story’s themes.  The discussion says that this story is partly about sophisticated city people being given their comeuppance by supposedly rustic rural types.  In other words, a theme of this story is the greater common sense of rural...

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