The Perfect Son Themes & Motifs

Barbara Claypole White
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Acceptance

Acceptance is the largest and most far reaching theme of this novel. It spreads across numerous characters and meanings and is prevalent in nearly every analysis. Throughout the novel there is the consistent need for/lack of acceptance from society, acceptance from friends, lovers, and family. This is acceptance of a person how they are, with no censorship or hidden elements of their personality. It is something that society has a real fear of, the lack of acceptance in a community or the inability to fit into a group or family. As a result, this overarching theme has the power to hit hard with the reader as well as play an important role in the novel itself.

The first character that has to deal with acceptance is Harry, as his Tourette's makes him more difficult as a child and as a friend, but surprisingly enough not...

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