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Opening Worlds' Central Themes- Last Six stories

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Central themes of the last six stories in Opening Worlds The Pieces of Silver The central theme in The Pieces of Silver is about unfairness. The story starts with an assembly where Mr. Chase the acting Headteacher asks the students for contributions to the retiring head's present. Almost everyone paid albeit the fact that many of them were poor. The boys who failed to contribute were brought up onto the stage and humiliated by being marked a white X on their foreheads using a chalk. The fact that boys like Clement were being forced to pay for a man like Mr. Megahey reflects the unfairness. ...read more.


The next day Bolan takes the money inside the cigarette box and decides to buy a new leather ball prior to starting the game. When he did reach, he was amazed nobody had started the game without him. This proved to him that he was accepted long before he bought the new leather ball for the group. The Young Couple Here the central theme is independence. The story starts with Cathy and Naraian going back to India from England after their marriage. They had left England hoping that they would be the independent couple they were in England and would do many great things for the nation of India and for themselves. ...read more.


Throughout the play Leela's authority is displayed from when she demands Sidda's immediate attention towards her when she felt like playing to interrogating her mother over Sidda's disappearance. However, towards the end of the story, Leela's authority is diminished when her parent's realised that she was responsible for losing her Gold chain and not Sidda. The Winter Oak The central theme in The Winter Oak is the constant change in Anna Vasilevna's attitude towards the children, especially towards Savushkin. At the beginning Vasilevna is very firm but respectful towards the students. When Savushkin arrived, Vasilevna is very mournful on his lateness. Towards the end Vasilevna is very reflective on her own attitude and realises how little she knows in reality. Christy Varghese 11 T 2 ...read more.

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