The Life We Bury Themes & Motifs

Allen Eskens
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Honesty and Truth

Honesty and truth play a vital role in this novel by connecting characters and unveiling secrets that help to develop their relationships as well as give insight to each one's individuality. Throughout the novel, the need for honesty and the search for truth lead these characters on adventures that challenge them and shape who they become. Part of this struggle lies in truthfully admitting who they are in the beginning. The events that befall them help the characters to accept their past, change their present, and begin to shape their future.

The theme of honesty is introduced when Carl and Joe meet for the first time as Carl agrees to grant the interview to the young student if he promises to be honest. This promise yields several instances where the truth is unveiled by both parties. Joe confides in Carl about Grandpa Bill's death...

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