Beast: A Novel Themes & Motifs

Brie Spangler
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Appearances can be deceiving

Appearances can be deceiving, argues Brie Spangler in her novel Beast. Human nature compels people to draw conclusions about people based on appearances, but appearances can be deceiving. It is why people must always strive to see beyond mere appearances. (Spangler expands this general argument with a more specific approach –see the next theme.)

From first appearances, Dylan is intimidating. He is a large, hulking, muscular, hairy kid who is clearly not outgoing. Few would guess he is intelligent, or has suffered greatly after the death of his father. From first appearances, Dylan’s mom seems to be a normal mother, concerned with the safety and welfare of her son. But in reality, Dylan’s mom is a human being with her own hopes, dreams, and sadness.

From first appearances, JP is handsome. He is also wealthy, popular, and well-respected at school. Few...

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