If I Stay Themes & Motifs

Gayle Forman
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Choice

The primary theme of If I Stay is the concept of choice. Although she is physically unconscious throughout the story, Mia is faced with the most important decision she will ever have to make -- whether to succumb to her injuries or fight to stay alive. The idea is initially suggested by Nurse Ramirez, who provides not only physical care but also serves as emotional support for Mia. She seems to have a stronger connection to Mia than her other caregivers. As Mia considers her choice, she sometimes wishes that someone would make it for her by giving her an overdose of morphine or removing her ventilator. However, in the end she realizes that she must make the decision herself. Other members of her extended family seem to grasp the concept; but, only her grandfather gives her permission to choose death if that would be better...

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