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A look at the literary element of theme.

Frank Williams

on 21 February 2014

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Transcript of THEME

about life that is communicated by the author
NOT the same as Topic
May be major or minor
Major themes are addressed repeatedly. The author keeps coming back to the topic/message over and over throughout the work - like a song chorus. Major themes are the lessons that the author wishes to communicate most.
Themes are messages/lessons that are implied through the actions and results of characters within the story.
Minor themes appear from time to time - like song verses or one scene from a story - and are typically lessons learned by supporting characters.
topic = the subject that the author chooses to write about
is the expression of a universal truth, a lesson learned, or a message that the author wishes to convey about a topic based upon their own experience/opinion.
topic = war
1. What subject does the author explore most in the story?
2. What happens to the main character in the story?
3. How does the main character change as a result of what happens?
4. What lesson or moral does the main character learn?
5. Whatever lesson the main character learns is typically the theme of the story. Here are some examples of themes!
You can't judge a book by its color.
Blood is thicker than water.
Money is the root of all evil.
Theme = War destroys families.
Money is the root of all evil.

There's no place like home.

What is THEME?
"I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme." -Henry James
theme = the author's opinion about the topic
Recall and define the literary element of theme and apply active reading strategies to analyze text for evidence of theme.
You can't judge a book by its cover.
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