Dragon Bones: A Novel Themes

Lisa See
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The theme of the morality of the Three Gorges Dam is a consistent one throughout the novel. Although seemingly a background concept, the dam is a constant tie between all characters and aspects of the novel. The author, through the characters, gives facts and information about the dam, without appearing to give judgment. This allows the reader to make decisions based on which side he or she chooses to take.

One on hand, Lisa See presents the positive aspects of the dam. As is mentioned by Stuart in the novel, the dam will be the largest producer of electricity and will greatly reduce greenhouse gasses produced by China. As Hulan notes, the dam will also stop the massive flooding and mudslides that happen on the river each year, killing thousands. In the novel, this is shown as flood waters rise, and as many are killed along...

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