From what I know about The Sound of Music and Surviving The Applewhites, I know a few similarities and differences. One of the shallower differences is that the Von Trapp family only sings, dances, and plays guitar, while the Applewhite family has a variety of skills. A similarity that they share is that they both work for what they commit to. These comparisons and contrast show one of the themes, which is determination. The other theme is change, which is shown through Austria in The Sound of Music and through Jake and E.D. in Surviving the Applewhites. There is one final difference. However,this does not tie into any of the themes. It is that the Applewhites most likely were not in as much danger as the Von Trapp family.