Themes

Growing up

The main theme of the short story “The Dragon” by Cynthia Forder is growing up. The main character, Kay, has an experience that challenges her immature and childish perspective of the world. The theme of growing up is also reflected through the various symbols used by Cynthia Forder that depict the fantasy realm such as fire-breathing dragons from children’s books. 

From the beginning, it is clear that Kay is self-absorbed in her own imagination, not only because she replaces images of the city with fantastic ones, but also because she assumes that Bob is in love with her. Therefore, her confrontation with Bob, who challenges her for her insincerity and hypocrisy, changes her perspective of her world and her behavior. This is the point in whic...

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