Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie Theme of Love
Sometimes, an injection of pure love is just what the doctor ordered for a suffering soul. And there are a lot of suffering souls in Because of Winn-Dixie. It's a good thing they have pure love in doggie form. Winn-Dixie's pure, confident, and altogether comical self makes him the perfect love cure. Thanks to him, people, animals, and even a planted tree start blooming on the inside and out. It's amazing what love can do.
Questions About Love
- Why were the preacher, Otis, Gloria, and Miss Franny unhappy? How did meeting Winn-Dixie change their lives?
- Was Winn-Dixie the only one who could make a difference in the lives of the characters? Without him, could Opal have had the same effect by herself?
- How does feeling loved change a person emotionally? What about physically?
Chew on This
Winn-Dixie alone has the qualities needed to break open the preacher's shell of personal anguish.
Gloria Dump's love made her a mother figure in Opal's life, opening the door for her to heal and show more love to others.