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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Death

In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, death is both a source of pain and also possible relief from pain. Abe spends a lot of his life losing friends and family—and not lose as in "misplace" but los...

Fate and Free Will

There are two characters who feel destined for great things in this book: Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. Spoiler Alert: only one of them is right. But does Abe's life boil down to his desti...

Strength and Skill

In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, there are several types of strength and skill, and Abe has most of them. He's strong, he writes well, he speaks persuasively, and his breath is always minty fre...

Memory and the Past

History in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is eerily accurate and wildly… wild. We get to look back at these famous figures we've met in history class and see how they fit together, how history...

Visions of America

Since Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter mostly takes place in the past, Seth Grahame-Smith has to spend some time explaining to us what it was like back then, and it was no picnic. Whenever Abe goes...

Slavery

We're going to go out on a limb and say that slavery is wrong. This may be super obvious to us now (note to self: water is wet), but in the 19th century this was an open question, with pro-slavery...

Politics

Politics is one way to get things done in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but it's not the only way. Abe Lincoln's story here is partly about getting political power in order to change the world...

Duty

In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, even if Abe weren't shadowed by a sense of destiny (thanks to a meddling vampire buddy), he would still be driven by his sense of duty. For Abe, duty is a combi...

Sadness

You might expect a book titled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be a fun romp full of vampire slayings and people breaking out into song. In fact, Abe's story begins with him getting sad about k...
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