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What is theme? How do I analyze theme?

Vanessa Silvas

on 15 October 2012

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Transcript of Theme

CH. 3
Theme Theme is a revelation about our lives and represents the discovery of a truth about our own experience. Theme Recur-to occur (happen) over and over again Recurring Themes You may not always agree with the themes expressed in a text or work
Identifying and expressing the theme in words lets you analyze it and decide if it fits with what you know about life. Analyzing and Evaluating Theme What is THEME? Theme is an opinion about life, society, or human nature that the writer shares with the reader. What does that mean? Themes Focus on the BIG Ideas Usually the writer will focus on the big topics in life:
Understanding the nature of love
Accepting responsibility
Understanding the joys and problems of friendship Subject Isn't Theme! The subject is what the work is about.
The subject can usually be expressed in a word or two. Wait, what's the difference between subject and theme? SUBJECT=Love
THEME=love can conquer anything

THEME=A family's love is most important during difficult times. Remember that guy from the Twilight Zone episode "Where is Everybody?" that we viewed when we were studying plot? Well, the SUBJECT of the episode could be LONELINESS. But the THEME could be that WE CAN LOSE OUR SENSE
OF SELF WHEN WE ARE ISOLATED FROM OTHER PEOPLE. And...maybe make us want to talk to mannequins. Plot Isn't Theme Remember, plot is what happens in a story.

For example...
Plot of "Rikki Tikki Tavi"=A young mongoose risks his life to protect the family that has shown him love and compassion.

Theme=Courage comes in any shape or size. Consider the SUBJECT and PLOT of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street." Plot=The neighbors on Maple St. blame each other when everything around them stops working. Subject= Fear or Suspicion What might be the THEME of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street?" Theme= Fear and suspicion can cause people to turn on one another. Different writers explore similar themes (even though the stories may be different)
Themes keep appearing or RECUR in a variety of texts For example, the THEME "Nothing is more important than finding true love" can be found in Twilight and the Disney version of Cinderella. Use the chart on your guide to write a possible recurring theme for the subjects MONEY, ANIMALS, and DEATH.
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