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DICTATORSHIP OR DEMOCRACY An inside look into Henry Slesars Examination Day Two themes in Examination Day by Henry Slesar are that of the governments intense control over the individual person and the importance of intelligence in society These themes are important as they serve as a warning to the reader One theme in this short story Examination Day is that intelligence is not always valued in society In the story the government has a strong grip over the town and does not want anyone to question them Intelligent people questioned and so they were eradicated through giving them an examination to test for their intelligence The unusual thing about this examination is that success was seen as negative The government in this story Examination Day was an example of how intelligence is devalued in society This is evident by a comment made I the text Why did it have to rain today he said Why couldnt it rain tomorrow His father now slumped into an armchair with the Government newspaper rattled the sheets in vexation Because it just did thats all Rain makes the grass grow Dickies father was apparently annoyed at his sons intelligent question and gave him a vague incorrect answer This implies that parents are in this society are conditioned by the government to suppress childrens questioning which is a direct example of the devaluation of intelligence A second theme in Examination Day is the control the government has over the individual Many intelligent people will question the government and their actions which results in the government feeling insecure about the control they have over society and people will want to be individuals instead of followers For example Dickie was killed as he had an intelligent quotient over the government regulation and if he grew up and started asking questions it could become dangerous for the government and threaten their security We regret to inform you that his
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