Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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What is a thematic statement for the book "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" relating to faith, religion, friendship, or identity?

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Crispin is raised to follow his religion and let it guide him through life's hardships. He learns that religion makes the poor subservient to the rich and powerful, that corruption in society is the norm. He learns to think for himself and trust in no one until that person has proven himselftrustworthy. He learns to value himself despite being a no one to everyone in his village and even to his own mother, it seems. He is called Asta's son, and does not even know he has a name given to him at baptism.

With the encouragement of Bear, his mentor, he learns that he is not stupid and can do things that others cannot. Most of all, I would say this is a story of self discovery and self worth.

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