The Cat Who Turned on and Off Themes

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Truth vs. Illusion

As is arguably the case with most narratives of the genre of murder mysteries, the tension between truth and illusion is the book's primary theme. On the most apparent level, the theme is explored through Qwilleran's search for the truth buried beneath the illusions of lies and alibis, mysteries and denials, put forward by the other characters in order to protect themselves from suspicion. In other words, plot and theme are intertwined with the former dramatizing the latter and the latter motivating the former.

On another level, the theme of truth versus illusion plays out through the narrative's exploration of the life of the murder victim, Andrew Glanz. Several times, over the course of his investigation, Qwilleran encounters individuals who speak of Glanz in glowing terms, referring to his generosity, compassion, and integrity. As the investigation progresses however, Qwilleran uncovers the truth of who Glanz was...

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