The Queen of Spades Themes

The Queen of Spades Themes


Gambling is the main theme and a significant idea for The Queen of Spades. Though gambling may bring money and fame, it is also a high risk to take. Some even believe that Pushkin's interest in the cards relates to numerology or the number theory. Gambling is common (obviously) throughout the novel.

Good vs. Evil

This may be considered as another minor theme in the narrative, since Herman could be perceived as an evil character, and is one of the antagonists in the novella.

Greed's Destruction and The Power of Sexuality

This is another minor theme in the novella, though it is evident throughout the story. Gamblers will use their attractive behavior in order to distract other players. Gamblers may also go to greed, which will destroy their moral views.

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