A Discovery of Witches Themes & Motifs

Deborah Harkness
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Prejudice

Prejudice is a natural reaction to people who are different. Though attitudes in recent years have broken down many long-standing barriers, the fact is that people tend to evaluate anyone who is different and may react with fear or disdain. The groups in this novel are not divided along traditional lines because there are four groups that override any other type of difference. The groups include witch, vampire, daemon, and human. The members of each group tends to see and judge the others with prejudicial attitudes. The causes include fear, faulty information, and ingrained attitudes handed down for generations.

Many prejudices are ingrained, passed down from one generation to the next, often based on faulty information. Diana knows virtually nothing about vampires when she invites Matthew to dinner for the first time, and she admits to Matthew that “I probably know less about vampires than most...

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