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Themes in Bioshock Infinite

Hallo everyone! I just thought I'd compile a list of themes and literary elements that are present in Bioshock Infinite. The IGN wiki features a section called "Major Themes" ( and I recently put this text below in a new section called "Minor Themes" Feel free to critique, elaborate, or add more themes for us to think about and put into perspective!


Redemption of the father by the offspring 

At the game’s conclusion, Elizabeth ends up drowning her father Booker DeWitt knowing that taking the baptism would have transformed him into the megalomaniac Zachary Comstock. So the offspring ends up cleansing her father for the dark deeds he has committed.

Sins of the father paid by the offspring

Booker DeWitt is forced to give up his only daughter in order to “wipe away the debt” he owes to Zachary Comstock.

The destructive capacities of baptism 

Baptism, considered a redemptive practice, ironically spawns the chaos that Zachary Comstock commits. Baptism also serves as the method of drowning Booker DeWitt, a contrast to the reinvigorating principles of it.

The villain and protagonist are one in the same 

At the game’s conclusion, you realize that Booker DeWitt and Zachary Comstock are the same person from different universes, demonstrating that a person is defined by the choices they make.

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