How to Steal a Dog Themes & Motifs

Barbara O'Connor
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Money isn't everything.

The idea that money isn't everything seems ridiculous at the beginning of Georgina's story. Her family needs money so they can get another place to live and regain stability after her father walked out on them. From the moment Georgina spots Willy, however, she wonders if stealing him just to get the reward is right. She knows it isn't, but she forces herself to stay on task for the money. Doing something she knows is wrong eats away at her and eventually causes her to have a severe stomachache.

Mookie helps reinforce the theme with his one of his mottos: "Sometimes the trail you leave behind you is more important than the path ahead of you (132)." When he shares this with her, he has already figured out her scheme. The motto means that sometimes it is better to do a good dead to help...

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