One of the main points that consistently showed up is the ability of relationships to change the individual. In Maestro, this is illustrated by all the characters, especially Paul. At the beginning of the story, Paul is arrogant, egocentric and quite shallow, as he judges people by their outward appearance instead of their true inner self. Because of the time spent with Keller, Paul gradually changes, gradually evolves. He is no longer so shallow, and sees beyond Keller's shrunken and booze ruined face, his missing little finger, and sees him as the greatest teacher he could ever have had. To Paul, Keller was a teacher, a friend, and sometimes even a father. This change in Paul shows him that first impressions are not reliable. The changing of the individual also shows up with Keller after his accountings with Hitler. Although the book does not state the changes point blank, the reader is able to see through the little bits and pieces that Keller has really changed.
He used to be like Paul, arrogant, proud, thinking he is the centre and that he is invincible. However, the truth has hit him hard, and it was the relationship, however hated and regretted, that changed Keller and influenced him in his later decisions in life.
This also occurred in the Dead Poet's Society. Through the relationships and the bonds created, Todd gradually evolves to a more confidant individual. This was created by the friendships, especially the closeness he had with Neal, the mentorship relationship with Mr. Keating, which influenced him to change.
In the Third Sister, the reader is shown at the start of the book that Margaret has changed from her previous self because of her experiences, or rather, her sisters' experiences with men. She has become stronger, and thinks...