Theme is the message we take away from the written piece about people, life, and the world around us. Topic is the main idea of the story. Plot includes the events in the story.
About life and/or human nature Common to people throughout the world Provides guidance through life
Often the title gives us hint about theme. Remember, theme addresses the entire piece of writing We can state theme in many ways Each of us has prior experiences We are each unique
Theme is not the topic, but a lesson you can apply to your life For example: family You should always put your family before your friends
You can determine the theme by examining how the character has changed A dynamic character develops throughout the story What did this character learn through his experiences
Conflict can help determine the theme Conflict Resolution Theme Helping to feed the poor is beneficial to all involved.
Evaluate the writer’s ideas Is the theme realistic? Then it is valid. ▪ If you put your best foot forward, you will usually succeed. Is the theme idealistic? Then it is not valid ▪ Good people never have any problems.