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Crime

The short story “Safe Enough” by Lee Child deals with the theme of crime. The main character, Wolfe, is a murderer. The title itself is a reference to how Wolfefeels about not being discovered. Instead of feeling guilt, remorse, or even fear, Wolfe is actually somewhat pleased and relieved to have been able to get away with murder by framing Mary Lovell. 

Wolfe’s attraction to Mary is more like an obsession. The story shows him stalking Mary without her knowing. For him, Mary is perfect from afar, but when he gets to know her and begins to see her as a human being, he starts to resent her. The fact that he discards human beings the same way he likes to discard Christmas trees shows that, despite his desires, he is actually incapable of connec...

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