Before I Burn Themes & Motifs

Gaute Heivoll
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Denial

Dag was the pyromaniac who set ten fires during May, 1978. Although no one died, his actions struck terror in the hearts of all the residents of the quiet, conservative area where nothing ever happened. His actions had ramifications and caused irreparable damage to the property and psyches of the victims and other residents and neighbors.

Alma and Ingemann had Dag late in life. He was their only child. As a young child, he was always top in his class and the best marksman. But, when he wasn’t perfect, he would blame circumstances or others for his perceived failures. His parents chose to ignore the times when he grew sullen and non-communicative when things didn’t go his way.

As he grew into an adolescent and young adult, Alma knew there was something very wrong with him. He would play loud music in his room, but...

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