Themes in The Striding Place
Soul and Body: The two main characters of the story, Weigall and Gifford, discuss the mystery of the connection between soul and body, as well as the soul’s destination after death. Gifford offers a theory that falls in line with ancient Greek ideas of soul: that the soul is a twin of the body and departs from the body after death. While the Greeks, particularly Homer, believed the soul descends into the underworld, Gifford believes the soul is free to roam, or to inhabit the lifeless body once more.
The Power of Friendship: The story is spurred on by the strength of the friendship between Weigall and Gifford. Despite the spookiness of both the forest and the Strid, Weigall persists in his search for Gifford because of his love for his friend. As the story reaches it conclusion, we see the full depth of their friendship.
Themes Examples in The Striding Place:
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"There was no face...." See in text (The Striding Place)
"but he would have flouted in these moments the thought that he had ever loved any woman as he loved Wyatt Gifford...." See in text (The Striding Place)
"that the soul sometimes lingers in the body after death...." See in text (The Striding Place)