by Natalie Babbitt
Tuck Everlasting Theme of Love
The Tucks have a lot of love to give. Over a century's worth, in fact. They shower Winnie with that love, and she returns it in full force, falling in familial love with them within twenty-four hours. Not too shabby. But if there's anything the Tucks have learned from immortality, it's that love isn't always easy. Throughout Tuck Everlasting, they often find themselves losing the ones they love—through no fault of their own.
Questions About Love
- How can Winnie find love for the Tucks so quickly? How would you describe their relationship?
- Does Winnie love all of the Tucks in the same way? Why or why not?
- How does Miles's experience with love differ from the experience of the other Tucks?
- What does Winnie's choice say about her love for the Tucks? And what do their reactions say about their love for her?
Chew on This
Winnie loves the Tucks more than she loves her own family.
The most profound type of love in Tuck is revealed by Tuck's reaction to Winnie's death; he loves her so much he wanted what was best for her, no matter what loss it meant for him.