The Bad Beginning Themes

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Reverse Psychology

Reverse psychology appears throughout the book, from the synopsis on the back cover to the very end. All throughout, the narrator encourages the reader not to read the book, to put it down immediately and go do something much more fun. Of course, since this is reverse psychology, the majority of readers do the opposite, which is in part why this series of books is so successful. The characters within the book, however, do not use reverse psychology in this volume. It appears within the narrator's asides and commentary.

Inaction

Many of the book's characters, and the adults in particular, are guilty of inaction at one time or another. The reasons for this inaction are not the same for each character. For example, Mr. Poe ignores what the children have to say simply because they are children, and he is far too busy to be bothered with...

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