Blood Lines by Rendell Ruth
Main Topics/Themes in the Story:
Looking for something to live for. We can definitely see that the main character's behavior is influenced and derived from the fact that she is in a search for meaning. She (Angela) is looking for the excitement, for reasons to get up in the morning and go to work.
Trust. The idea of trust is presented in the story when referring to Angela. She is considered to be trustworthy by her surroundings, but the narrator shows us that she is not as honest and trustworthy as everyone expected and considered her to be.
Morality. The issues regarding trust generate issues regarding morality. How do we handle this contradiction between the real Angela, and the Angela everyone believes in? How can she live with this dissonance? What makes us question Angela's morality?
Discussion of the topics:
I think that the two most important topics in this story are the issue of looking for meaning, and the ideas regarding trust. I believe that "trust" and "morality" have many aspects in common and are strongly related to one another, as I elaborated in part 1, and this is why I will refer to both as "trust issues".