What are the themes in the story Tuck Everlasting?

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One additional theme is that of civilization vs. nature. The Foster family owns the forest, but because they're immortal they are never truly a part of it. The world of nature is subject to change, decay, and death. As the Fosters exist outside that realm they can never fully understand the significance of the forest. Fortunately, nature proves itself a good deal more effective at protecting itself than the Fosters are able to do. (Cows walk around, rather than through the forest, for example, thus avoiding the spring.) This is not a surprise; nature, because it is subject to change, can adapt to different circumstances. Of course, the immortals of the Foster family can never do this.

The source of the Fosters' immortality comes from nature itself. But the spring of eternal youth, like the Fosters themselves is in the natural world but not of it. As water, it is entirely natural, but as a magical elixir conferring immortality, it is supernatural. Like the Fosters, the immortality-water...

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