On the Devil's Court Social Sensitivity

Carl Deuker
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The theme of black magic and the devil may appear to some readers to be controversial. Satanism is a sensitive topic today. However, a close reading of the story shows that instead of dealing with the devil and magic, the author stresses personal achievement and confidence as the source for any "miracle."

The conflict between parents and children is another social issue which is common in families with teen-agers.

The author handles it with sensitivity and tact. Both Joe and his father are likable people who simply fail to communicate. It is interesting that, although Joe has to make an effort, it is his father who has to do most of the "learning" to understand the son. Even after they have reconciled, he tries to tell Joe which college he should enter, but he eventually accepts his son's right to choose for himself.

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