The War With Grandpa Themes & Motifs

Robert Kimmel Smith
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Family

Perhaps one of the largest and most prominent themes in the novel is the theme of Family. From the beginning the reader learns that Grandpa has recently been widowed and feels the need to come back to live with family as he needs the support (both physically and emotionally).

It is also shown through the series of events that families can make war within their own ranks, even when they care for one another. And that at the root of all of the conflict was the lack of consideration for another member of the family.

A sub-theme of Ageism is shown through Family in that Mr. Stokes, in particular, assumes certain things about both Jack and Pete that are untrue and thoughtless. He assumes that his father won't be interested or able to help out around the house. Mr. Stokes also doesn't think that he needs...

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