The Theme of Growth in Exodus Essay

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The Theme of Growth in Exodus

Exodus, by Leon Uris, is a novel of genuine Affirmation. One of the most prevalent of the affirmative themes is the idea of growth. Many of the characters learn a lot about themselves, and change tremendously in a positive way. Earlier in their lives, these characters decided to live their life one way, but throughout the book they change, and join each other to unite. Fighting for their common religion and fundamental rights brought them together in a way that is barely imaginable.

In Exodus, Mr. Uris shows that a common belief can bring people together, and which leads to personal growth. During the course of the story, the characters who show the most growth are Ari Ben Canaan, Kitty Fremont,
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Years later, after meeting Kitty Fremont, Ari loves her, but cannot tell her so. It is impossible for him to admit his feelings so easily, even though truthfully he loves her more deeply than he loved Dafna. Through their experiences together, they build a friendship, and both of them want more than that but neither will admit it. What brings them to finally accept each other is the death of Karen, which finally made Ari question his ideals, after everyone has died. Ari breaks down and cries, something he has never done before. He is not ready to completely change his ways, he says to Kitty, "...it may be forever before I can ever again say that my need for you comes first, before all other things...before the needs of this country." (page 599). But still, he has taken a giant leap and shown his emotions, which shows a great amount of growth on his part.

Kitty Fremont also shows growth in her relationship with Ari, but she personally grows more with her views on involvement with the Jewish movement, and by being able to separate herself from Karen. In both of these areas, Kitty starts out with one point of view, and is able to expand her thoughts to include what is best for everyone. At first, Kitty wants nothing to do with the whole thing, "Everything connected with Caraolos is neck deep in politics. I am certain that the