The Story Thieves Themes & Motifs

Riley, James
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Coming of Age

Coming of age is a traditional literary theme that shows characters learning, maturing, and accepting themselves in various ways. While the specific steps may vary, characters tend to follow specific steps toward those changes, usually with adventures and obstacles along the way. Owen and Bethany fit the model perfectly, though their adventures are far from ordinary. Each learns to expand their perceptions and expectations while becoming more willing to accept their real lives.

As the novel opens, Owen is in math class, and he is so bored that he spends time comparing this boredom to other boring situations. Boredom is a central aspect of his character, which sets the stage for his reaction when he discovers Bethany's power. Owen is so desperate to escape the boredom of his life that he is not willing to listen to Bethany's cautions or to obey her rules...

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