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Prejudice: A predominant theme of The Cay

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Prejudice: A predominant theme of The Cay

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  1. Prejudice:A predominant theme of The Cay

  2. Theme As we discussed earlier this year, the term “theme” can have many different meanings (such as a “theme party”); however, I’m hoping you remember that when it comes to literature, theme is defined as “a message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work.” {often referred to simply as the story’s “life lesson”.} In other words, if you never remember the story’s plot or characters, but you take away an important piece of wisdom that you can apply to your own day-to-day life, then a theme was present. Themes are kind of like the “moral of the story.”

  3. Prejudice One of the central themes (or main topics) addressed in The Cay is prejudice. What does that word mean to you?

  4. “The Cold Within” Six humans trapped by happenstance in black and bitter cold Each possessed a stick of wood, Or so the story's told. Their dying fire in need of logs, the first woman held hers back For on the faces around the fire She noticed one was black. The next man looking 'cross the way Saw one not of his church And couldn't bring himself to give The fire his stick of birch. The third one sat in tattered clothes He gave his coat a hitch, Why should his log be put to use To warm the idle rich?

  5. The rich man just sat back and thought Of the wealth he had in store, And how to keep what he had earned From the lazy, shiftless poor. The black man's face bespoke revenge As the fire passed from his sight, For all he saw in his stick of wood Was a chance to spite the white. And the last man of this forlorn group Did naught except for gain, Giving only to those who gave as well Was how he played the game. The logs held tight in death's stilled hands Was proof of human sin, They didn't die from the cold without, They died from the cold within. - James Patrick Kinney

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