Tuck Everlasting Themes

Tuck Everlasting Themes

Dangers of ignorance

Tuck Everlasting underscores the dangers of ignorance. Ignorant people will right away go and drink from the spring water and live forever. Due to their ignorance in the illusion of an immortal life as a good one, they fail to recognize the overlying problems that can emerge with it. Individually, one becomes immersed in the happiness of unlimited time but soon realizes that their is no goal to be achieved through a life of immortality. Furthermore, as a society, overpopulation would cause a conflict and wars would wage. As people are oblivious to the consequences and ignorant to the reality of an immortal life, the world becomes one that thrives on human power rather than compassion. Becoming ignorant of this is dangerous and Tuck Everlasting provides the pivotal theme of understanding how the thirst for power leads to blind decisions and severe consequences.

Fate and free will

Throughout the whole story, Winnie always did things in her free will after she ran away. She chose to run away. She chose to help the Tucks, and most importantly, she chose to not scream when she was kidnapped so that the man in the yellow suit can save her.

The Tucks' fate was to drink from that water and live forever, and as Mae Tuck said, they can't control their fate, and if they kept thinking about why them and why this fate, it would be useless. It was also fate when the three events (Mae Tuck going to meet her sons, Winnie running away, and the man in the yellow suit visiting the Fosters) happened in the same day, causing them to intertwine indirectly until later when they were related in an obvious way.

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