One Day Themes

David Nicholls (writer)
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Love

Of the three major themes in the novel "One Day" by David Nicholls, the theme of love is the most resounding and dominant. It affects the lives of each of the characters in the novel, especially that of Dexter and Emma, whose entire existence is predicated upon a slowly unfolding lover for each other. Indeed, the entire novel is a love story between Dexter and Emma -though it is a belated love story.

At the beginning of the novel, love doesn't factor into the consciousnesses of either Dexter or Emma. Both believe their one-night stand to be a one-night stand, but both impress the other enough so that one cannot get the other off his or her mind. The nascent romance between Dexter and Emma begins as a casual friendship that grows and grows. Both Dexter and Emma are searching for themselves -and for love- in the novel...

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