Whirligig Themes Project

1. Inquiry

  • In the Whirligig, one of the most obvious and constant themes is the theme of interconnectedness, which can relate to virtually any aspect in life because people, nature, animals, etc all depend on other things and each other, and every action on earth affects something in one way or another. One of the most important questions to ask, then, is “How does the influence others impact our own lives?” While the novel does help to answer the question, it's hard to hard one full answer because it's such a broad and complex topic.

Inquiry continued...quote 1

  • To help answer this question, the book contains many examples, like on page 120; "He realized he must have left it on the bus. He pictured it traveling on without him, crossing into Canada perhaps, inspiring someone to build a string of whirligigs that Brent would never know of.”  This quote demonstrates the idea of how Brent's actions, such as leaving the book by accident could create a ripple effect on others without him even having the intention of this; his mistake of leaving the book on the bus could travel on and end up with a complete stranger who could also benefit from it's ideas.  This is really similar to Our own lives because even when we make small actions, they will affect someone else. For example,  if we do something as simple as drop 5$ on the floor, whoever finds it later would use it, transfering the money to someone else, who would do the same, and so on. In literature, an example of this interconnectedness on a larger scale is in the story the Hunger Games. Katniss volunteering changes not only her life drastically, but it affects everyone else in the games who she kills because of it, her family, friends, president Snow, and so forth. With these 2 examples we can see that the actions of others can sometimes have a negative effect but depending on the circumstances, can also have a positive effect.

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