The Runner Literary Qualities

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The Runner is a gripping novel that plays out its story with moving intensity; it leaves the reader numbed at the end. But it is more than a well-crafted tale. Voigt has imbued her work with literary qualities that make it a superior novel.

Much literature has dealt with the issue of human interrelationships, and so the universality of its theme gives The Runner depth and substance. In reiterating this theme, Voigt presents ideas that echo the theme expressed by Cain when he asked "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Voigt's use of current events and prevailing attitudes gives a slice-of-life view of history. Some of the topical references Voigt makes include the long hair worn by boys; the burning of bras and draft cards as acts of protest; the debate over the Vietnam War and the legality of the draft; the failure of mandatory integration to...

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