Themes to address when reading this piece include:
- Race: the inevitable influence of Africa on people who visit and live there; breaking and rebuilding of tribes, clans, and family members; the native problem, native crime; benefiting vs. exploiting; dominant vs. submissive; customs
- Division of Christianity: fear and survival vs. love, mercy, and compassion
- Power: "The only power which can resist the power of fear is the power of love." and "When a man loves, he seeks no power. Then he has power."
- Tragedy not of things broken in the first place, but of things not ever mended again
- City vs. country living
- "We are caught in the toils of our own selfishness."
- Justice and mercy
- "The Lord suffered not to prevent us from suffering but to teach us how to bear our suffering."