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Copy of Theme

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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 (what is the story about?)
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, overcoming challenges.
Try this!
What is the subject of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?
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, but 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 (what is the author trying to say about the subject?)
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.
Now you try it...
What is the story about?
Create a Google document that you will use later for our
Summative Task:
1. Write down THREE topics that you feel
The Book Thief
is about (hint: go back to the prezi you went through with the TED talk).
2. Write out declarative statements (ie statements that declare something) for
each
of your topics.
3. Find examples from the story (using your previous work in Formatives 1 - 3, and others' work on conflict) for EACH of your declarative statements.
Have this document ready for next week.
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