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Neverwhere Themes

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Themes

Bildungsroman

Richard's story is about coming of age. In London Above, Richard is a metaphorically a child. He knows neither fear nor worry. Richard's problems, whatever they might be, are not matters of life and death. Jessica, in this metaphor, is like a mother; she tells Richard what to do, what to feel, and how to behave. It isn't until Richard thinks for himself, in defiance of Jessica, that Richard begins to mature.

While Richard doesn't choose to embark upon his journey, it is his choice which carries him across the threshold and into London Below. In helping Door, Richard takes his first steps from childhood to adulthood. London Below is the metaphorical world of adulthood, where Richard is fearful to discover that actions have consequences. Decisions have weight. Richard's desire to return to his old life is analogous to an adolescent's longing for the simplicity of childhood.

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