The Dinner Themes & Motifs

Herman Koch
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Murder

The entire premise of this novel is Paul and Claire’s desire to protect their son. The reader does not learn until the middle of the novel what exactly it is that they are trying to protect Michel from. However, the truth comes out clearly as Paul finds himself struggling to catch up when he realizes that his wife knows more than he thought she did.

Paul is watching television one night when he sees his son on security footage taken from the scene of a murder. Paul assumes his wife has not recognized their son and he wishes to protect her from the truth. For this reason, Paul speaks to his son alone. Michel claims it was all an accident, that they did not know the gas can would ignite. At the same time, Michel places the blame on the homeless woman by claiming that...

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