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Sep 6, 2022
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The core message or perception that the writer wishes to transmit to the readers is referred to as the theme. In fiction, the subject is not stated explicitly or literally; rather, it is inferred by the author. In other words, a theme is not expressed in a book; rather, the reader discovers the theme after reading and comprehending the story. 

Themes are universal in nature. 

The theme can be described in a single sentence, and in some cases, just one word is enough to convey the idea. 

Theme is divided into two categories: thematic concept and thematic statement

Thematic concept relates to the reader’s interpretation of the story, whereas thematic statement refers to what the work says about the subject.  

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Example 

  • Shakespeare’s Othello – Jealousy, greed
  • J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series– Love, good versus evil. 
  • F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – Society and class, love, hope. 

How to determine the Theme 

Themes can be exposed by asking questions. 

  • What is the story about?  

It indicates the plot of the story. For instance, a man tracks down the men who were guilty of murdering his family after they were acquitted. 

  • What is the story’s significance? 

This is generally the effect of his acts in the abstract. 

For example, in my story, a person who has lost everything will discover how far he is willing to go when the system fails him. 

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  • What’s the lesson to be learned? This is a remark about the situation of mankind. People who have nothing to lose, for example, are dangerous. 

What is this story trying to tell me and how can I relate to this story? 

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