In the Castle of My Skin Themes

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Flood

The flood, and water in general, is symbolic of baptism and rebirth. In the beginning of the narrative, the flood offers a blessing. However, this blessing turns out to curse the villagers, granting them a life that is less changed or altered than they would desire.

Education

Education separates the narrator from his friends. When he attends the high school, he can no longer relate to his friends because they believe he has risen in social class. However, Trumper reveals that this high school education has changed the narrator little. A worldly education is necessary for a full transformation of identity.

Slavery

A discussion of slavery begins in chapter three, when the children are confused as to the meaning. The people of Barbados refuse to see themselves as slaves. They have a strong sense of freedom. However, the reader acknowledges the bonds that hold the villagers in a...

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