"How would it make things better if I were to call up and finally offer to hang out?"(Andrews 38).
Progress Report #3 Theme by Carly Graham
Theme Development #2
"I was asking a dying girl about her plan she's making for the future," (Andrews 190).
The major theme of this novel is revealed to be loss of innocence. The main character Greg is just a senior in high school, but he has to watch his friend Rachel fight a losing battle with her leukemia and face the consequences that come with.
Theme Development #3
"Rachel the Film is not all about Rachel. It's about how little we know about Rachel. We were so ridiculously arrogant to try to make a film about her,"(Andrews 277).
The first development of this theme is when Greg's mother forces him to spend time with an old friend that he hasn't seen in years. Greg is shocked to learn Rachel has leukemia and is struggling to find the right thing to do. Greg doesn't know what is a good reaction and how he could make Rachel happier, probably his first real challenge dealing with something as serious as cancer.
The next point of theme development is when Greg is forced to look at colleges and he has no idea what he wants to do He stresses out to Rachel about it, and unknowingly offends her as she will never make it to college. He tried so hard to talk about interesting things but he incidentally saddens her. College is the next step in Greg losing his childhood innocence and becoming an adult.
The final thematic development is when Greg realizes that he was so focused on cheering Rachel up and making this great film all about her, he didn't really know her like he thought he did. Greg sees that he should have been focused on spending the little time he had with Rachel instead of losing his mind making a movie that didn't end up being what it was supposed to be.
In the end, Greg survives watching his close friend lose her battle with leukemia. It definitely changed his point of view on life, and he definitely grew up during this experience. He picks a college to go to, makes peace with Rachel's death, and moves on with his life. A bit of a different life, but still his life.