Stuart Little Themes & Motifs

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The Effects of Appearance

Primarily through the figure of Stuart, White explores the way in which unconventional appearances can both inhibit and enhance one’s experience of the world. Unlike the rest of his family, Stuart is a mouse, setting him apart from all other characters in the novel. Stuart’s small stature is at first seen as a disadvantage. Indeed, Mrs. Stuart summons a doctor because she fears Stuart is somehow permanently ill. Moreover, because of his appearance Stuart has enemies the rest of the Little family does not—for example, Snowbell the cat. Thus, at the novel’s beginning White presents Stuart’s appearance as problematic, creating conflict other characters do not experience.

As the novel progresses, however, it becomes clear that Stuart’s appearance is an integral force forming Stuart’s character. Growing up at home, Stuart learns to overcome the challenges of being...

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