One of these issues is the power and influence of words. At one point in the story Alvin expresses his frustration with words and how they can be distorted, their meanings changed. In response to Alvin's frustration Taleswapper, a traveling story teller that makes friends with Alvin and his family, states that, "Everybody ends up dead . . . But some who are dead live on in their words" (123), expressing the power of words when used correctly. He then goes on to explain that objects and things can only do so much, but that words can grow and magnify until they influence many individuals even thousands of miles away.
With this simple scene, Card teaches the importance of what one says and he does it in a way that is non-didactic and easy to connect to. It is this simplistic, but honest method that makes the lessons found in Card's novel easy to understand and accept. He not only teaches lessons, but he allows his audience to choose how to respond to these lessons. When it comes to The Seventh Son the audience chooses what they learn.
Bradley, Will. "Reviewed Work: Orson Scott Care: Writer of the Terrible Choice, Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature 10 by Edith S. Tyson." Utopian Studies 15.1 (2004): 163-164. JSTOR. Web. 21 Jan. 2015.
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