The Strays Themes & Motifs

Emily Bitto
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Female friendship

Arguably, the novel’s central theme is the inextricable bond experienced between young girls, and more specifically, about how puerile female relationships can attain levels of connection and intimacy that adult relationships cannot. This almost mystical connection between women is conveyed through Lily and Eva’s friendship, as the novel follows their relationship from its beginning to its eventual demise.

The author seeks to shroud Lily and Eva’s relationship in a near mystical intimacy when she posits the meaning of human-to-human connection. Before the reader interacts with either Lily or Eva, the prologue begins by hypothesizing on “the heart’s magnetic field” and “past-life connections,” as well as having “instinctive attractions to particular people” (1). The author offers this information prior to introducing her central characters in order to surround Lily and Eva’s friendship with a sort of mysticism, an intrinsic link neither of...

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