Related Topics

How We Are Hungry: Stories Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 19 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of How We Are Hungry.
This section contains 1,153 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the How We Are Hungry: Stories Study Guide

Individualism

Individualism is a consistent and dominant theme throughout Dave Eggers's collection of short stories, "How We Are Hungry." Individualism consists of being independent, self-reliant, and responsible for oneself. The effects of individualism among many of the main characters in Egger's stories vary. Sometimes, the outcomes of such individualism are positive and refreshing, while at other times, individualism is bittersweet at best, and tragic at worst.

In terms of the positive outcomes of individualism, character growth is somehow present. Characters in the stories "The Only Meaning of the Oil-Wet Water" and "Quiet" experience these sorts of growth. Pilar, while trekking halfway around the world to see the man she loves, may at first glance not seem to be much of an individual, for the object of her desire is the catalyst for her journey. Yet, in a deeper sense, the journey to Costa Rica demonstrates that she is capable...

(read more)

This section contains 1,153 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the How We Are Hungry: Stories Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
How We Are Hungry: Stories from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook