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Theme

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on 17 October 2016

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Transcript of Theme

Subject vs. Theme
A theme is
a revelation about our lives
.
What
is
theme?

Let's look at the subject "government corruption and control" in "The Hunger Games".
Theme
is what the author has to say about the subject
he or she has written about.
Stories
can
have MORE THAN ONE theme!
Some themes for "The Hunger Games" could be:
BE CAREFUL!!! Don't get too specific with your themes.
"Dwarfs are helpful"
is too specific
to the "Snow White" story.
Subjects are
one or two words
Finding meaning
in literature

Theme
Theme is not
subject
!
Subjects are
what the author has chosen to write about
.
For example, the subject of "The Hunger Games" is dystopian society, government control and corruption, and overcoming challenges.
Try this!
What is the subject of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is about:
a beautiful princess
community
dwarfs
an evil queen
jealousy
Theme is not plot either.
Plot is the series of event within a story.
running away
What is Suzanne Collins saying
about
government control and corruption?
This is the theme.
What Suzanne Collins is likely trying to say is, to quote Lord Acton,
Try this!
Using the
subject
"
jealousy
" for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", what is the
theme
?
How do they eventually end up?
How are the jealous characters portrayed?
Before you decide on the theme, take a look at "jealousy" within the story.
What do they do?
Given what we know about the Evil Queen, who was jealous in the story, what is the author trying to tell us about jealousy?
Jealousy is a powerful emotion that can destroy lives.
This is
one
of the themes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
A theme is the
truth about life
revealed in
a work of literature.
Theme is
a discovery of truth
.
Theme tends to focus on discoveries about
the BIG topics in everyone's life
.
BIG topics,
like what?
understanding the nature of love
accepting responsibility
understanding loss
dealing with ambition
discovering the joys and problems of friendship
"
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
".
Themes aren't specific to the work of literature you're reading. They're relevant to all of us.
Some themes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs could be:
Teamwork often leads to success.
Making a difference takes hard work.
Everyone is their own person and no one belongs to anyone else.
Too much power can lead to chaos.
Love conquers all.
Good triumphs over evil.
Good people are blessed while bad people are punished.
"A bow and arrow will help you survive the Hunger Games"
is too specific
to "The Hunger Games"story
"Being evil will turn you into a witch and you'll fall off a cliff"
is too specific
to "Snow White".
"Splitting the country into districts would never work"
is too specific
to "The Hunger Games".
Themes are
a phrase or a sentence

Subjects
love
friendship
family
loss
hardship and struggle
Themes
Love conquers all.
Good triumphs over evil.
Crime doesn't pay.
Sacrifices bring reward.
Honesty is the best policy.
The End
What is the story about?
If it's written in
BLUE
it's notes for
YOU!!!
Theme is
the message of the story
.
A true theme must be

universal
; that is, it's relevant to everyone
When writing a theme,

remember to get rid of the word YOU!!!
If you use the word "you" in your theme statement,
replace it with the word "one"
and your theme will still make sense.
THINK:
what is the author trying to say about the subject?
THINK:
what is the story about?
friendship
a handsome prince
a diamond mine
Theme is related to subject!
YES!!!
NO!!!
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