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The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

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Transcript of The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

The Children of Willesden Lane
by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

Theme
Theme is a common thread or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work. Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work which may be stated directly or indirectly
Chapters 1-8
"My sister, Sonia. I'm hoping she will come soon on the Kindertransport...Please let me stay in London, I'll help look for someone (a sponsor for Sonia), too, I promise," she begged. Ch8 Pg71

-This quote highlights Lisa's concern for her sister. She is willing to do what is necessary to ensure her sister's safety. As it relates to the themes, this quote correlates with the first. Lisa's hope for freedom for her sister is inspiring and shows her courage. To be able to have one's own problems and still care for someone else is commendable.
Chapters 9-16
"Her mood picked up in the afternoon, as she counted the minutes left on the clock until her shift was over and she could get back to Willesden Lane and her piano." Ch14Pg133


- This quote highlights Lisa's love for her music. While at work, her desire to play the piano sustains her through muscle aching labor. As it relates to theme, the second theme applies here because Lisa is determined to succeed even through a tough job. The way her music inspires her is evidence that success is attainable.
Theme: The Children of Willesden Lane
The Children of Willesden Lane
has a plethora of themes. The themes that will be discussed today are: "Maintaining hope despite trying circumstances is possible" and "Success is attainable if you believe and persevere". These themes are important because Lisa Jura's optimism throughout her hardship is exemplary of the faith one must have.
Chapters 17-25
"She practiced from four to six in the afternoon, ate dinner, the continued from eight to nine. She had just under a year until the audition date, and she knew she'd need every moment to learn two new major works." Ch17 Pg175

- This quote simply speaks for itself. Lisa Jura presses on and strives for greatness. She pushes herself and practices continually, dedicated to cultivating her craft. As it relates to theme, the second applies here because it exemplifies Lisa's yearn for achievement.

Chapters 26- Epilogue
"Lisa walked elegantly into the stage and was greeted by enthusiastic applause, as she sat at the nine-foot Steinway grand."Ch26 Pg256

- As this story comes to a close, it is evident that Lisa has finally reached success. The second theme is applicable here, for Jura's ability to reach success is proof of the theme. Her belief in herself and in GOD sustained her.


Analyzing Theme
Lisa Jura
Mona Golabek
The Past and The Present
Sources
http://literarydevices.net/theme/
http://holdontoyourmusic.org/book.html
http://www.roanestate.edu/owl/elementslit.html
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