What are the themes in The Silver Sword? Give examples, please!

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One of the themes you may want to consider discussing is the impact of war on families. The story revolves around a Polish family, which feels the impacts of World War II. For instance, the author reveals how the father of the main characters goes to a prison camp against his wishes, while their mother involuntarily ends up in Germany and works against her will, for fear of being punished. Because of these happenings, the children are deserted and experience harsh living conditions as they struggle to fend for themselves. The eldest of the children, a teenaged girl, is forced to take up the role of mother and to care for one of her sick siblings. The children have no home, as it was destroyed by Nazis, and, therefore, they live on the streets.

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A dominant theme in the novel The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier is trust.  The character Jan struggles to trust people in the aftermath of the war; in Joseph Balicki, he has found a mentor and someone he can depend upon for a change.  Joseph's gift of the silver sword paper knife shows his trust and faith in Jan, revealing his belief in the goodness and loyalty in Jan's character.  Jan learns to trust Joseph, and through the course of the novel, he encounters other people that he struggles to trust as well, like Ruth.  Jan is used to depending solely on himself, and his friendship with Ruth redefines his priorities.  His rescue of Edek during the storm  on Lake Constance when the boat capsizes also reveals his willingness to trust in his new family, because he chooses to aid Ruth and Edek over Ludwig, his beloved dog.  Serraillier's novel optimistically addresses the aftermath of war through the perspective of children who must learn to trust again and rebuild their families.

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