Sometimes a Great Notion Themes & Symbolism

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Truth / Interpretation

This core theme is defined by both the novel's substance and its style, in what the characters recall and/or say about their actions in both the past and the present and in the WAY they express themselves. The same events are recalled from the differing perspectives of the characters who participated in those events, with these differences being further emphasized by differences in narrative tense (first person past/third person past/first person present, etc). The most vivid example of this can be found in Hank's and Lee's dispute over the record collection (Chapter 5, Part 2). Both what they recall and the way they recall it, in terms of the language they each use and the narrative tense in which they speak, clearly and powerfully evoke the sense that they each have their own experience and interpretation of what happened and that each is A truth...

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