A Long Way Home: Themes and Relevant Areas of Study
The following themes are just a few of the many possible themes in A Long Way Home.
Psychology, Fine and Performing Arts
- The search for “self” and developing one’s identity.
- Perception and memory: Comparing child’s memory of home to adult’s perception upon seeing it years later.
Fine and Performing Arts
- Sense of Place: Using subjective elements (the feeling of a place) and objective elements (such as a water tower) to depict a place.
- Attachment/family relationships.
- Nature vs. nurture: Influence of biological family and adoptive family.
Economics, Sociology, Social Problems
- Poverty: The Library has another book that is a photographic documentation of extreme poverty.
Sociology, Humanities, Communications
- Multiculturalism: Many different languages so Saroo couldn’t talk to people at some train stations.
Sociology, Humanities, Law Enforcement
- Social Problems: Human Trafficking; childhood experiences in different 3rd world countries.
- Multiculturalism: Different religions, even within Saroo’s own biological family.
Communications: English and Literature
- Memoir: I have a story to tell. Memoir as a literary medium.
- Determinism, fate or destiny vs. constructivism, chance.
- History of India: The country changed from when Saroo was a boy to when Saroo was a young man.
- Statistics: What is the probability that Saroo would find his family.
- GIS: Global positioning technology