Across Five Aprils Themes

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Self Improvement

Across Five Aprils has a strong emphasis on the importance of learning and bettering oneself. It is a story that shows the many creative ways we learn. Beginning with the introduction of Shadrach Yale, the schoolmaster, we learn of the schooling structure of farm country. Since he is leaving the area without a teacher, he leaves his books to young Jethro and Jenny for them to study while he is gone.

While Ellen teaches her son wisdom, he is teaching her what he has learned of history in science. Jethro's education allows him a higher self esteem as he is relied on to read letters and newspapers for the family. His interest in learning draws to him the newspaper editor who gives Jethro a book he had written on better speech. Jethro applies this new knowledge not only to his speaking, but his thoughts as well.

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