The story of Romulus, My Father details the struggle of many immigrants during and after the Second World War, and how these adversities were faced and sometimes overcome.
It portrays the never dwindling love of Romulus for his son Raimond, in spite of the challenges of being abandoned by his wife and the confusion caused by his mental illness.
The major literary themes displayed in relation to belonging are that of:
- belonging to family;
- belonging to a place;
- belonging to a culture; and
- the effect of mental illness.