Themes

Truth versus fiction 

The main theme of the short story “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” by Paul Auster is truth versus fiction and the relationship between creator and audience. 

The title, as well as the first sentence of the narrative, creates the expectation of a “story within a story”, and two narrators. In the second half of the narrative, the first narrator, Paul, becomes part of the audience, as Auggie takes on the role of narrator. However, it remains unclear if the story Auggie tells is true. This suggests that storytelling is always an ongoing process, and the roles of creator and audience are often interchangeable, as the audience serves as inspiration for future stories. 

The theme of the narrative is also highlighted as Paul questions t...

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