Carried Away (Short Story) Themes & Motifs

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Love

The story’s introduction to its thematic exploration of love occurs during the opening exchange of letters between Louisa and Jack; this exchange—and its subsequent implications—emphasize the idea that love is necessary but not without risks. Even though Jack’s first letter to Louisa is purportedly meant only to thank her for her work as a librarian, the underlying possibility of romantic tension is implicitly established. This tension grows to the point at which Jack writes, “The idea that I won't ever see Carstairs again makes me think I can say anything I want...So I will say I love you” (361). Louisa requites this love, only to eventually discover that Jack is already engaged to marry someone else. Louisa and Jack’s long-distance, loving relationship was motivated by a mutual desire for connection, but unfortunately, the unforeseen circumstances of the matter led to heartbreak...

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