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Theme Mini-Lesson

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Angela Speach

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of Theme Mini-Lesson

What theme is NOT Theme It is not the "moral" of the story. It is not the subject of the story. It is not a "hidden meaning" that needs to be pulled out of the story. What theme is: Theme is the meaning released by the work when we take all aspects of the work in its entirety into account. It is an aspect of human experience that the author wishes to express. Thematic Images Theme Excerpts What is the theme? The importance of theme in literature can be overestimated; the work of fiction is more than just the theme. However, the theme allows the author to control or give order to his perceptions about life. 1 2 3 4 5 In Aesop's fables, the theme of the story is written in the last line. In the following fables, the last line has been removed. I have also made some slight changes to the originals. Directions: Read the fable, determine the theme and explain your interpretations. 1. The Ant and the Grasshopper In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to it's heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant," and recommend you do the same." "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and gran for the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew. 2. The Monkey and the Cookies A monkey put his hand in a jar of cookies. He grasped as many as he could possibly hold, but when he tried to pull out his hand, he was prevented from doing so by the neck of the cookie jar. Unwilling to lose the cookies, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and bitterly lamented his disappointment. 3. The Dogs and the Hides Some dogs famished with hunger saw a number of cowhides steeping in a river. Not able to reach them, they agreed to drink up the river, but it happened that they burst themselves with drinking long before they reached the hides.
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