It Can't Happen Here Themes & Motifs

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Morality

Throughout the novel, the narrative appears to promote a clear distinction between right and wrong, with democratic ideas of freedom and tolerance held up as ideals, and fascist ideas of violence, intolerance, and absolute power held up as the destruction of those ideals. These morals are explored and demonstrated through the use of characters. For example, the pro-democracy Doremus Jessup, along with his pro-democracy friends and family, seem to be designated by the narrative as a clearly defined group of moral and ethical people. Meanwhile, Buzz Windrip and anyone who supports his regime are designated as the clear antagonists of the novel. While Doremus’ camp is shown to value peace, kindness, freedom, and altruism, Windrip and his supporters are illustrated as greedy, power-hungry, and cruel in every aspect of their behavior. Characters like Shad Ledue who unwaveringly support Windrip are shown as unpleasant and morally bankrupt...

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