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What is Theme?

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Kim Gutchewsky

on 25 August 2014

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Transcript of What is Theme?

What is THEME?
Where to Find Theme
Critical Attributes
What Theme is NOT
Examples
is important
What does the protagonist learn?
What is the author's attitude (tone) about something?
Whom were you meant to support, and was that person rewarded?
Universal truth the author reveals through the story
Commentary about human nature, society, life
Indirect in the text: must infer
Develops through the beginning, middle and end
Is not cliche, meaning it's not going to be a sentence you've heard before
Won't be stated as a moral or rule to follow; think "message" instead
Will not use SHOULD
Although exposure to violence can remove a child's innocence, experience with life's difficulties can help him grow stronger.
(3-part example)
If someone has a misguided view of his power, he may try to control elements of life beyond his reach, ultimately causing destruction to himself and others.
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