"The Westing Game" Theme

Eilidh McCumber- Kennedy Period 4/5

In life we learn that not everybody is whom they seem to be.

The Beginning

"Angela Wexler stood on a hassock as still and blank faced pretty as a store window dummy. Her pale blue eyes... fitting of her... wedding dress," (Raskin 9/10).

"She was completing her third year of medical school," (Raskin 181).

This shows that Angela is not who she originally seemed to be. She is not just her outer beauty. She is not just her engagement. She is smart and people overlooked her.

An image to represent this is a broken mirror. There is a literal meaning of outer looks, however it also means that something went against looks. It shows how somebody or something revolted against what people only see, and not who they actually are.

The Middle

"'...I don't need a crutch to get attention.' ... 'She used the word crutch as a symbol. She meant, you know, that people are so afraid of revealing their true selves, they have to hide behind some kind of prop,'" (Raskin 71).

This is an example of when the theme is expressed in the middle of the book. Sydelle isn't just her injury, or she isn't just an attention seeker. There is something of herself that she is trying to hide. There is more than something that she is showing on the outside; there is more than what is being shown and perceived.

An object to portray the theme is a mask. It shows that people are hiding themselves. It shows that people are changing what others see them as because of something they don't want the others to know. It shows that people have insecurities, even if not everybody agrees with them.

The End


"The heir who wins the windfall will be the one who finds the fourth. It was so simple once you knew what you were looking for. Sam Westing, Barney Northrup, Sandy McSouthers (west, north, south). Now she was on her way to meet the fourth identity of Windy Windkloppel." (Raskin 174/175).

"Julian R. Eastman rose. He looked stern. And very proper. He wore a gray business suit with a vest, a striped tie. ... 'Hi, Sandy,'" (Raskin 175).

This shows that this seemingly strict, very professional, mean business man can also be the fun, easy-going Sandy. Turtle had to just figure it out. In life, readers have to look out and know a person before they judge someone. If Turtle judged Eastman just by looks, then she would have missed out on reuniting with her best friend.

A symbolic image to represent the theme is a compass. Not only does it show Windy Windkloppel's disguises, but it also shows how you have to look everywhere for the answers. You have to know somebody personally before you assume anything. They may not be whom they had seemed if you take that time.

The theme of "The Westing Game" is universal because as people grow up and meet new people, they learn that the new person may not always show their true selves. This is extremely important in life, and should be valued by all. People are not always who they seem to be, and everybody learns that, in person, at some point in their life.