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2 Theme Recurring Themes Identifying the Theme Characters and Plot Images Your Turn What Is Theme? Feature Menu

3 This student has just discovered the theme of the story he’s reading. “What does it all mean?” We often ask this about stories or novels we read. When we ask this question, we’re thinking about theme. Theme

4 The theme of a story is an important truth that the story reveals about life. Theme Friendship can’t be bought. Never give up, even when you’re faced with terrible odds. Heroes can be found in unlikely places. Theme gives a story its power.

5 The theme is not the subject. Theme fear of the big city The theme is not the plot. A young farm boy is offered the chance of a lifetime, but he’s afraid to leave behind his familiar life. The theme is the special message that a reader takes away from a story—a complete thought stated in a sentence. Facing your fears is the only way to overcome them.

6 Study this story plot. What is the subject of the story? What is one possible theme? Theme Quick Check Jamal, a drummer, and Fred, a guitarist, are best friends. They each enter a talent contest. The prize is a gift card to a local music store. Tensions arise because Jamal and Fred are in competition with each other. Then one day they have an idea. They decide to work on a song and perform it together. Jamal and Fred win the contest and happily share the gift card. [End of Section]

7 Study this story plot. What is the subject of the story? What is one possible theme? Theme Quick Check Subject: friendship Theme: Choosing teamwork over competition can save a friendship. Jamal, a drummer, and Fred, a guitarist, are best friends. They each enter a talent contest. The prize is a gift card to a local music store. Tensions arise because Jamal and Fred are in competition with each other. Then one day they have an idea. They decide to work on a song and perform it together. Jamal and Fred win the contest and happily share the gift card.

8 Recurring Themes Since themes are general ideas about life, similar themes often show up in different stories. For example, you’ve probably read more than one story that has a message about the importance of perseverance—of never giving up.

9 Recurring Themes Ideas that occur in stories from different times and cultures are called recurring themes. Seeing the beauty inside will reveal the outer beauty.

10 Recurring Themes Recurring themes are based on ideas that have always been important to people. family sacrifice friendship

11 In each pair, identify the item that might be a recurring theme. Recurring Themes Quick Check 1.the power of love / Love can be found in small acts. 2.Dying often makes the way for new life. / death 3.courage / Sometimes it take courage to do the right thing. 4.Our traditions are part of who we are. / importance of heritage [End of Section]

12 1.the power of love / Love can be found in small acts. 2.Dying often makes the way for new life. / death 3.courage / Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing. 4.Our traditions are part of who we are. / importance of heritage Recurring Themes Quick Check In each pair, identify the item that might be a recurring theme. 1.the power of love / Love can be found in small acts. 2.Dying often makes the way for new life. / death 3.courage / Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing. 4.Our traditions are part of who we are. / importance of heritage 1.the power of love / Love can be found in small acts. 2.Dying often makes the way for new life. / death 3.courage / Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing. 4.Our traditions are part of who we are. / importance of heritage 1.the power of love / Love can be found in small acts. 2.Dying often makes the way for new life. / death 3.courage / Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing. 4.Our traditions are part of who we are. / importance of heritage A theme should be stated as a complete sentence and idea.

13 Writers don’t usually state themes directly. They want you to infer themes from Identifying the Theme the discoveries the characters have made by the end of the story the way the characters change

14 Identifying the Theme Think about the story “The Tortoise and the Hare.” How do the characters change? What do they learn? How do these questions help you discover the theme?

15 In the beginning of the story, the rabbit is boastful. After he loses the race to the tortoise, the rabbit learns that being fast is not enough; it is also important to be determined. Identifying the Theme The tortoise remains slow and steady throughout the story, and he wins the race. The theme might be “A goal can be reached with slow, steady effort and determination.”

16 What is Reggie discovering in this passage? Identifying the Theme Quick Check That night his father arrived home late as usual. For the first time, Reggie noticed how tired and drawn his face looked, how low his shoulders drooped from fatigue. He forgot, for a moment, about the long absences. He forgot how angry he was that his father had missed his concert. Saying nothing, Reggie fixed a snack, set it down next to his drowsing father, and went quietly upstairs. [End of Section] How does his discovery hint at the theme?

17 Identifying the Theme Quick Check Although he cannot spend much time with Reggie, his father shows his love by working hard to support his family. That night his father arrived home late as usual. For the first time, Reggie noticed how tired and drawn his face looked, how low his shoulders drooped from fatigue. He forgot, for a moment, about the long absences. He forgot how angry he was that his father had missed his concert. Saying nothing, Reggie fixed a snack, set it down next to his drowsing father, and went quietly upstairs. What is Reggie discovering in this passage?

18 Identifying the Theme Quick Check Reggie begins to see that there are different ways for people to show love and caring. That night his father arrived home late as usual. For the first time, Reggie noticed how tired and drawn his face looked, how low his shoulders drooped from fatigue. He forgot, for a moment, about the long absences. He forgot how angry he was that his father had missed his concert. Saying nothing, Reggie fixed a snack, set it down next to his drowsing father, and went quietly upstairs. How does his discovery hint at the theme?

19 Characters and Plot is usually revealed through the actions or thoughts of the characters The theme of a work develops along with the plot of the story 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 5. Resolution 4. Falling Action Plot Theme

20 Characters and Plot For example, one element of plot is conflict—the struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions. Use what you know about plot and characters to help you identify the theme.

21 When characters face a conflict, they are often forced to make a decision about what is most important to them. Characters and Plot This decision may point to the theme of the story.

22 What might Tyra’s conflict reveal about the theme? Characters and Plot Quick Check [End of Section] Her mother always emphasized how important science was. She’d determined years ago that Tyra should one day become a chemist, just like her. Tyra liked science class just fine, but she was happiest when she was painting. In fact, her dearest wish was to go to art school. She wasn’t sure how— or even if—she could ever tell her mother about this dream.

23 What might Tyra’s conflict reveal about the theme? Her conflict suggests that the theme might be about finding the courage to follow your heart—even when others don’t understand. Characters and Plot Quick Check Her mother always emphasized how important science was. She’d determined years ago that Tyra should one day become a chemist, just like her. Tyra liked science class just fine, but she was happiest when she was painting. In fact, her dearest wish was to go to art school. She wasn’t sure how— or even if—she could ever tell her mother about this dream.

24 Images By using descriptive language and details, a writer can create powerful pictures, or images. The old room was dimly lit by a shaft of light from outside. He could see dust particles floating there. So light and so quiet, they announced the room’s vast emptiness. How long had it been?

25 In this passage, the images hint that the theme might have to do with a lost past, feelings of emptiness, or loneliness. Images Images will often give you hints about theme, too. The old room was dimly lit by a shaft of light from outside. He could see dust particles floating there. So light and so quiet, they announced the room’s vast emptiness. How long had it been?

26 Which images of weather would point to a theme about conflict or anger? Images driving rain calm and clear raging storm violent peaceful gentle breeze whipping winds flashing crack of thunder warm sun

27 Images Quick Check [End of Section] Kayla watched her aunt and cousin waving goodbye, getting smaller and smaller as the train pulled away. As the speed increased, she listened to the repetitive sounds of the train’s movement. She felt the rails passing beneath her in a steady, rhythmic thumping. She thought about the awesome power of the locomotive. But she did not think about her destination. What can you guess about the theme based on the images in this passage?

28 Images Quick Check The theme may have to do with a new phase in life or with moving forward in life. Kayla watched her aunt and cousin waving goodbye, getting smaller and smaller as the train pulled away. As the speed increased, she listened to the repetitive sounds of the train’s movement. She felt the rails passing beneath her in a steady, rhythmic thumping. She thought about the awesome power of the locomotive. But she did not think about her destination. What can you guess about the theme based on the images in this passage?

29 Your Turn Use a chart like the one below to help you determine the themes of two of your favorite movies or stories. Analyze Theme Work 1Work 2 Subject Theme

30 Your Turn The chart below lists three examples of subjects and themes. Without thinking about any particular story, come up with three additional sets of possible subjects and themes. Analyze Theme SubjectTheme growing upGrowing up means taking responsibility. natureNature can be beautiful but deadly. lovePeople sometimes express love through actions, not words.

31 Your Turn With a partner, think of some themes you’ve encountered in books, movies, plays, and comics. What are the three most common recurring themes? What’s an example of each? Analyze Theme [End of Section] ThemeExample

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