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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Language and Communication

We're guessing that, since you're here, you probably care about reading a lot. But do you care about it as much as the characters in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH do? For Nicodemus and Co., read...

Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, they come covered in fur. Though messages about the family come up often in Rats, the messages are pretty consistent:...

The Home

Not only do homes provide safety and refuge from Dragon (and the owl on a bad day) and other dangers, but they also tell us a lot about the characters living in them. Mrs. Frisby's home is snug and...

Dissatisfaction

In Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, dissatisfaction is the feeling that propels the whole plot forward. Here's the thing: the rats could have covered their heads with their blankets and ignored th...

Sacrifice

Not to rag on humanity or anything (okay, maybe a little bit), but if people could be a little more like the animal characters in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, there might be more good news eve...

Identity

In Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the animals have no choice but to figure out who and what they are: the rats need to figure out how to live with their new super abilities and Mrs. Frisby and h...

Society and Class

In many novels, issues of class and society have to do with money, wealth, and poverty. In Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, however, money and wealth aren't so much the issue as are questions of b...

Transformation

Characters in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH are transformed by their interactions with other characters, by their experiences, and, of course, they're transformed by science. The thread that con...

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