The Scarlet Pimpernel Themes

Baroness Emma Orczy
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Loyalty is a theme of this novel for several reasons. First, the safety of the Scarlet Pimpernel rests with the secrecy of his identity. Should anyone learn the identity of this heroic man, he could no longer enter France without being arrested. Once arrested on French soil, the Scarlet Pimpernel will be executed to keep the English government from interfering and insisting on returning their citizen to England. There are nineteen men who are willing to give their lives for the Scarlet Pimpernel and his courageous task. This loyalty has kept the Scarlet Pimpernel over many missions to rescue French aristocrats and leads one man, Sir Andrew, to help Lady Blakeney warn her husband of impending doom.

Loyalty also comes into the novel in the form of sibling love. Marguerite loves her brother more than life. When her brother is injured by the Marquis de St. Cyr, she...

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