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Subject and Theme in Black Boy Day 3
Transcript of Subject and Theme in Black Boy Day 3
Subject and Theme
Theme: an idea or insight conveyed by a literary work in its entirety
Not often overstated, have to examine setting, symbols, POV etc.
Not a moral, but a statement about the way humans DO behave.
Must be a complete statement with subject and verb.
Recognizing and interpreting themes helps you make sense of complex texts.
Themes can take on both literal and symbolic meaning, and often give us insight into character development and the underlying message in a book.
Follow along and annotate the subjects of Hunger and Race.
Literal AND Symbolic
It's not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over
'Cause you're not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky
But green's the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river
Or tall like a tree
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder why wonder
I am green, and it'll do fine
It's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be
-Using one word what is the "Big Idea" of Kermit's song?
-Next, use that word in a sentence to describe the song's overall meaning.
Subject/Big Idea: One word issue, or topic, that recurs in a text.
i.e. Identity, Love, Supressed vs. Suppressor, War
In Part-Time Indian, the author shows
how substance abuse
can suppress an entire culture.
In The Avengers, the director shows
how greed unleashes brutal
consequences, and must be countered by the sacrifice of "heroes."
Using your handout, write your own theme of the video, "It's Not Easy Being Green," or a recent book, play or movie you've seen
from epigraphein "to write on," from epi "on" + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).
Definition: phrase, quotation, or poem that is set at the beginning of a text
Pro tip: Author's use Epigraphs to tell readers something about theme and meaning in the Text.
Use your Theme Organizer and fill out a Big Idea, Theme, and Evidence for this Epigraph
What does this portrayal of hunger tell us about Richard?
Write down two evidences and inferences
Brainstorm at least two things that he might hunger for other than food. Share out and add more to your list.
Some Notes About Job
Blessed man who lives righteously.
God's praise of him prompts Satan to challenge Job's integrity, suggesting that Job serves God simply because he protects him.
God removes Job's protection, allowing Satan to take his wealth, his children, and his physical health in order to tempt Job to curse God.
Though he protests his plight and pleads for an explanation, he stops short of accusing God of injustice.
Find the Big Idea/Subject.
What is the Big Idea/Subject in Ender's Game?
2.Predict/Infer: How will/did the Big Idea impact events in the book?
How will/did "War" affect
Ender throughout the
Story, and what will/did the
author try to say about War
through Ender's Game?
War will bring glory and respect to Ender.
Find Evidence: Find evidence that supports or challenges your prediction/inference and adjust to reflect that.
What evidence can
I find to challenge or
corroborate my inference/prediction?
Ender repeatedly expresses he doesn’t want to be like his violent brother Peter.
Ender beats a student to death after he bullies him feels very conflicted about it afterward.
Ender destroys the Bugger home but is haunted by the genocide of the Buggers.
Write the Theme= LITERARY WORK TITLE + VERB + your big idea and how it repeatedly affects characters in the book, and/or society in general (only after entire work is read)
Thoughts: I probably need to reflect in my theme statement that War causes huge ethical dilemmas for Ender and a loss of Innocence
Write your own theme statement for Ender's Game using
the above formula
The novel Ender’s Game shows how even victorious war presents ethical dilemmas and a loss of innocence for Ender, especially in the scene where Ender commits genocide against the Buggers by destroying their homeworld.