A Day No Pigs Would Die Themes

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Throughout the book author Peck presages Robert taking his place as a man in the world around him. To modern readers, this entry into adulthood seems very premature, since adulthood is universally considered to be reached at around age eighteen. However, early on, Robert takes on mature responsibilities. When his efforts fail, such as treating the apple trees for pests, the result affects the whole family. The group relies on Robert's work. He must rise early every morning and do what seems to be a half-day's work before he goes to school.

Robert must participate in the adult world even if he doesn't understand what is going on, such as the night that he must help bring a neighbor and relative, Sebring Hillman, home from the graveyard where he is digging up his dead baby and lover. When Robert's family discusses a neighboring widow's affair with...

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