Waldo Themes

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Individual vs. Machine

Heinlein modifies this theme somewhat in "Waldo," as Waldo really is part machine in the beginning of the story. Since he cannot move easily on his own, Waldo creates machines (which bear his name, further emphasizing his connection and dependence on machines) that will help him manipulate the world around him. He also builds Freehold, nicknamed "Wheelchair," the space station in which he lives. Freehold has earned its nickname because it is the machine that allows Waldo some semblance of a mobile life; without it, he would be at the mercy of others and essentially motionless. By the end of the story, however, Waldo has freed himself from the waldoes he created, and from his "wheelchair" in order to become his own complete person.

Search for Identity

As in some of his juvenile novels, Heinlein explores humanity's search for a sense of individuality, a sense of...

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