Beartown

Beartown
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  • Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
  • Theme
  • Theme Development #1
  • "He helps the caretaker every morning, unlocking doors and checking lights, sorting out the pucks and driving the zamboni, getting the rink ready for the day."
  • Progress Report #3 Theme  by: Taylor Tusa
  • Theme Development #2
  • A major theme of the novel Beartown is how belonging to something has positive and negative effects as well as attitudes. In the book, members of the community work together to have a successful hockey team. However, when one of the players is accused of rape, the town stands behind him and the team rather than the girl who was raped.
  • Theme Development #3
  • "Kevin and Maya were at the party, and then all of the sudden, they went back to his house."
  • The theme is first introduced whenever one boy and his mom help out at the rink because they can't afford much. The boy's positive attitude helps him live an optimistic life. The people in Beartown only seem to care about the hockey, because it is the only good thing they have.
  • Thematic Solution
  • The theme is then introduced when the players of the hockey team play their games. The fans cheer them all like it is all they care about, and it kind of is. The fans don't seem to care about anything unless you're talking about hockey. 
  • "The stands are packed every weekend, year after year, even though the team's achievements have collapsed in line with the town's economy."
  • The theme is finally introduced again whenever one of the hockey players is accused of raping a girl. The people of Beartown don't seem to concerned about the girl, but rather the hockey team. They feel as though the accusation is rather "inconvenient."
  • The theme resulted in the rape charges being dropped due to lack of evidence. The whole town turns on each other and the rape charges nearly tear them all apart. Maya learns how to shoot her dad's gun and pulls the gun on Kevin, nearly shooting him, except, the barrel was empty. 
  • "Kevin is released from police custody due to lack of evidence."
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