The Boy Who Dared Themes & Motifs

Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Courage

Courage is one of the biggest themes in this book. Of those that exhibit courage, they do so in different ways. This is not only indicative of the time in which The Boy Who Dared takes place, but also a recurring theme throughout history. There are different factors that can determine if/when one might demonstrate courage when faced with adversity or oppression. Some may perceive that they don't have the appropriate tools or support. Others believe that they can show courage while enduring a conflict. Then there are those like Helmuth, who wear their courage outwardly and cannot fathom those who do not take action against all odds.

Helmuth's courage takes time to appear in the novel. He struggles internally with all he witnesses - in school, at home and in the neighborhoods surrounding his home. When his courage struggles to rise to the surface...

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