How do you find the theme of a story?
Sometime the writer will just come right out and tell the reader. You could look for this. The theme is the main idea that links all the parts of a story together, and some books will just say straight out in the beginning what they are going to show you. Sometimes, though, the writer isn't so forthcoming and the reader has to deduce the theme by himself. If that is the case, here are some things to look for:
- Ask what lesson would I learn if I went through the experiences in this book? For instance, in Tess of the d'Urbervilles you might be inclined to suspect that life is just one endless tragedy. In The Odyssey you might think that clever people always triumph.
- Ask yourself how the story makes you feel. Sometimes the theme is difficult to express in only a few words and is only a nebulous collection of impressions. In The Furnace the theme could be 'God is best when he is far away.'
- Follow the protagonist. Anything she is supposed to learn about herself or a problem is usually an important theme.
- Look for any patterns or repeating ideas (i.e. Poe's use of heightened senses)
- Look at the genre - every genre has themes that are common to
- What mistakes must characters learn from, or what difficult decisions must they wrestle with?
- Analyze the conflict (man vs. man, vs. society, himself, nature, supernatural, technology, etc. At the heart of the conflict is often a theme the author wants you to chew on.
- Look for an idea that fits with many parts of the story or one that is repeated.
- Don't overthink it. Themes are usually simple. Here are some examples: honesty, acceptance, don't be greedy, treat others the way you want to be treated, beauty is only skin deep, love others, don't boast, don't think you are better than others.
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Outside of the plot, the 'theme' is often used to describe a topical issue that runs through the story, for example, fatherhood, unrequited love, racism. But it can also be more subtle, - that which colours the plot, sets its tone, gives it context, for example, water, the sky, sex, and can often be… found in the story's imagery and metaphors. or The central idea or concept in the story (Sometimes could be the conflict of the story too) In some places, theme could mean an authors message. What point is the author trying to get across? Ex: Don't judge a book by it's cover (don't judge a person by how the look) theme is the truth about life that a story reveals "Theme is the central message of a literary work. It is not the same as a subject, which can be expressed in a word or two: courage, survival, war, pride, etc. The theme is the idea the author wishes to convey about that subject. It is expressed as a sentence or general statement about life or human nature. A literary work can have more than one theme, and most themes are not directly stated but are implied. The reader must think about all the elements of the work and use them to make inferences, or reasonable guesses, as to which themes seem to be implied." (from Laying the Foundation series of books published by AP Strategies in Dallas) For example, if love is a topic/subject of two novels, a major theme in one of the novels could be "Love, if taken to extremes, can be negative rather than positive," while in the other novel, the theme might be "Love can conquer even the greatest evil." Notice that the topic/subject is the same, but the messages about that topic/subject are different in different works. Consider this: A theme is a meaning of a work . (Yes, there can be more than one "meaning.") Can the meaning of a work be love? hate? greed? No-that makes no sense! Those are just topics, not themes. The theme is the statement an author is making about a topic. To find it, just look for the main idea. A theme is the writer's message about a topic. Some examples of themes are: honesty, acceptance, don't be greedy, treat others the way you want to be treated, beauty is only skin deep, love others, don't boast, don't think you are better than others. (MORE)
If that autobiography was written by Fredrick Douglass, I would say that the theme of the story "Nature doesn't make someone in a high class or a slave, but the rigid training". (I am not sure from my answer)
In the story, "The Story of Zita" the theme is love. The story isabout a teacher that is brokenhearted and goes to the land ofAnayat.
In the story "The Story of War", the theme is how we arebrainwashed to go along with whatever society wants us to do. Thestory takes place in World War II and a couple's son is going offto war. A large number of people insist this is a good thing andthat the young man's mother should not feel sad. T…hey are veryconvincing, but beneath the service they don't believe anythingthat is coming out of their mouths. (MORE)
Hmm hmm hmm play a joyful son you hansel me gretel we have a dream which is unfullfilled
The theme of a story is the 'meaning' or 'philosophy' that the story is trying to convey. For example the novel 'Frankenstein' is an argument in the 'nature vs nurture' controversy with the story coming down heavily on the nurture side.
It is like the moral or lesson you learn from reading a book or story! Hope that helped! -Austin
There's not one website, but you can use your search engine tofigure out some of them. Just type in the name of the story or bookand the word "theme" or "plot" or "setting" and see what comes up. Of course, you can do this yourself just by reading the story!
The school story is about one girl wants to get the other girls book published but that girl does not want to because her parents do not know about the book and that one girl wants to lie to her parents that her name for the book is Cassandra day but the problem is that her mom is a publisher.
The Ramayana revolves on the theme of righteousness, adherence toethics and morals. Respect to elders. Kings and royals not abovethe law of the land. Kings duty is to take care of his subjects
The Theme of the Sniper: Wars reduces human beings to mere objects. They have no names,no faces.They are targets,nothing more,to be shot at from a distance.To support this theme the author refrains to any of his characters.War knows no boundaries,age,gender,location,time of the day,family ties.The s…tory opens the eyes to futility of hatered and voilence which made a brother kill a brother.Voilence is no means to an end. (MORE)
There is many diffrent themes in the story Seventh Grade by Gary Soto. ONe is " Dont be someone your not" the reason why it is a theme is because I said so now everyone take a poo!
There are several themes in this intriguing story. The main ones are bullying , school , and physical reality . In this story, a bully named Monk Klutter is the antagonist, but Priscilla Roseberry saved the day.
The theme is that Love is Everlasting . The sinking of the Titanic was the dramatic story supporting that theme.
It is one of the finest written love stories. Agree. It didn't only focused on the theme of love, but also, it showed how one conquer his self by understanding.Understanding that sometimes things can be illusions yet very influential It shows that in life, man really have to choose between two good …decisions, thus painting his destiny in his own hands. (MORE)
Don't judge a book by its cover. In other words, you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of someone, by their outward appearance alone
It is a genre that is focused on the depiction of the growth of the character of the story.
The story themes of the last Olympian are that "good, in the end, will always overcome evil."
several themes are put together in Tagore's short story the postmaster------------ companionship,boredom,separation,false hopes and the distinction between the rural and city life.
Don't give up. Don't be a quitter. You must have Hope and cannot give up when faced with a difficult challenge or situation.
A: The theme of the biblical story of David and Jonathan is one ofmutual love between two young men in ancient Israel. The biblicaltext does not explicitly depict the nature of the relationshipbetween David and Jonathan, and there is no physical intimacy apartfrom kissing, Traditional religious int…erpretations have been thattheir relationship was one of platonic love, but some modernscholars have interpreted the love between David and Jonathan asmore intimate than this. 1 Samuel 18:1, " And it came to pass,when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul ofJonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him ashis own soul, " is consistent with either a very close platonicfriendship or homosexual attraction. When David speaks of his lovefor Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1:26, " Iam distressed for thee my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thoubeen unto me; thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love ofwomen, " he does so in terms appropriate for a close homosexualrelationship, even while calling him as "my brother Jonathan." King Saul confirms the nature of their relationship in 1 Samuel20:30 : " Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and hesaid unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not Iknow that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion,and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness? " Here thereference to his mother's nakedness carries a sexual nuance thatcomplements "thine own confusion (or shame)." On this view, the theme of this story is not merely one of mutualplatonic love but one of homoerotic love, whether or not it isphysically consummated. (MORE)
Leon R. Kass ( The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis ) says that the story of Cain and Abel contains many of the essential elements of human nature. He calls the brothers "paradigmatic" rather than real people, and says that their story tells why the subsequent giving of God's law might be both n…ecessary and welcome. Asaph Sagiv believes that there is an Egyptian antecedent to the story of Cain and Abel. He suggests that the Cain and Abel story represents a biblical countermyth to the Egyptian story of Osiris and his brother Seth. In that story, Seth, an evil god of the nomads, kills Osiris, the Egyptian god of the earth's fertility. In Genesis, Cain (an Osiris figure) offers a cult sacrifice (Abel) to the earth; the Lord curses the ground for accepting the victim's blood and banishes Cain from his divine presence; and Seth appears as a substitute for the nomadic victim whose sacrifice the biblical God preferred. (MORE)
No, the theme of a story is the lesson or what you learned. Somebooks just talk about a subject without giving a setting and youstill can find the theme. The setting only helps add mood to yourstory, not to the lesson or theme.
The story says about a dutifull police officer who is very perfect about his duty and the other frnd who is a thief.
The theme of the Great Carbuncle is that earthly possessions are not essential in life. Earthly possessions are not necessary for success and we should be satisfied with what we have. Earthly possessions will not gain you salvation either. You must put your trust in God and that His Son saved you fr…om your sin and that the Holy Spirit will work in your heart so that you will be worthy of salvation. Matthew 6: 19-21 19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (MORE)
um i don't know read it dummy I'm a all A student. hey i love u
Mrs. Bush, when she was First Lady, teamed up with Philadelphia's Children's Literacy Initiative to launch a radio show with the goal of encouraging parents to read aloud to their children. Mrs. Bush's Story time was broadcast on ABC Radio Network and featured Mrs. Bush and well known celebrities re…ading some of the most popular children's books such as Corduroy, Arthur Meets the President and others. Celebrities including Oprah, Mel Gibson, Peter Jennings, and others also read stories as well. The Malvern School was given permission to relaunch Mrs. Bush's Story Time in all of their 20 private, preschools in Pa. And NJ. They created daylong Story Time event where the children listen to Mrs. Bush reading stories, then participate in activities focusing on the book read, as well as what a First Lady does, and what Mrs. Bush did when she lived in the White House. (MORE)
A lady asked a chef at a certain hotel To prepare a dish for the laddies attending the fair ,it has to be,she said , smaller than a cake and easily eaten from lunched boxes ,so he came up with the brownies.
Analyzing the characters helps you to understand what the author istrying to say with the story. You need a certain kind of characterfor every theme, and figuring out what the characters want and needwill help you figure out what the main idea, or theme, of the storywill be.
The essential theme, at it's basest form, is that children should always listen to their parents, even if they are adults. To sum it up in a single word: obedience. It seems like a severe story to present what should be such a simple theme, but that's very common, especially in children's stories…. (MORE)
The story "Landlady" expresses a horror and mystery theme. Due to the story's sinister mood, it creates a scary and uncomfortable atmosphere for the reader. Also, another theme in the story is appearance versus reality. It is interesting the reader that the landlady at first is very hospitable towar…ds Billy. The Landlady warmly welcomes Billy into the hotel, shows him his room and offers him tea. However, towards the end of the story, the reader is shown that the Landlady happens to be quite an unusual character. She seem to compliment Billy quite a lot and when she says in the very last sentence - ""No my dear,"she said. "Only you."", it gives the reader a clue that Billy will be the next victim to be stuffed by her. (MORE)
The theme of this story is revenge. The main character in thisstory constantly thinks about the revenge that he could get on thepolice officers that falsely accused him.
the theme of the story is tha we all work hard to get where e are now .
One Tree Hill is so awesome. It is about Lucas,Brooke,Peyton,Nathan,Haley,Mouth,Rachel,Skills,Bevin,Karen,Dan and so on.My favorite couple is Nathan and Haley also known as Naley. Lucas,Peyton and Brooke are stuck in this love triangle cause Lucas cant really make up his mind as to who he wants to b…e with.As for Rachel she tries to steal every bodies boyfriends. Dan is a horrible person who is the mayor of Tree Hill. Nathan and Haley have a baby boy named Jamie and later a baby girl. Bevin and Skills are a couple too as for now. One Tree Hill is awesome. (MORE)
In a way you have to decide it yourself. Ask yourself what is the book trying to tell me? In a way it's like a moral of the story
Deployment of a theme runs a whole spectrum of techniques from just simply stating it at the beginning to making the story serve as an example. In the novel Pride and Prejudiced the very first two sentences states the theme outright. . It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a singl…e man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin In the play Cyrano de Bergerac the theme is never openly stated but it is every where evident. Cyrano conducts his life to a certain standard that he does not waver from. That this standard has no 'earthly' virtue to perpetuate it after his death but it will endure forever as long as culture and civilization exist. Cyrano de Bergerac : All my laurels you have riven away... and my roses; yet in spite of you there is one crown I bear away with me. And tonight, when I enter before God, my salute shall sweep away all the stars from the blue threshold! One thing without stain, unspotted from the world in spite of doom mine own [ he raises his hand high ] Cyrano de Bergerac : and that is... my white plume. Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand (MORE)
No. The theme is the overall meaning of a story while the moral is 'a lesson that can be learned'. For example the theme of a story might be 'corruption breeds corruption' while the moral might be 'trust no one'.
If you are talking about the story of Robert Bruce, then the theme would be 'persistence is a virtue.'
The theme of the story "Truce in the Forest" by Fritz Vincken iscalm in the midst of a storm, peace in the midst of a war, and thepeace of God being stronger than the enmity of man.
The book of Job is the oldest book in the bible. It comes from more ancient Babylonian sources. The theme of the book is 'Why do bad things happen to good people?'
even if you have huge problems in front of you and blocking away your journey to happiness but with god you can overcome these problems with only a stone that can be a prayer or act of kindness.
The Jade Peony was written by Wayson Choy and takes place inVancouver's Chinatown in the 1930s and 1940s. The story is toldfrom the perspectives of three siblings concerning how it felt tobe immigrants, how they struggled with their identities, and theirthoughts on what it was like to be identified …as Chinese-Canadians. (MORE)
Sometimes it is sometimes it isn't like say if you have a story about a guy liking a girl and him trying to get her to like him the moral would be to be yourself but the theme can be like him growing up or something but in other times like say a person got encountered with a bear then the moral woul…d be to be brave and it would also fit into that theme. :) (MORE)
Theme is the underlying message of a story; the basic idea that thewriter is trying to communicate.
There are two themes in the tale "Half Chicken". The first is theprice of vanity, as Half Chicken's sense of self importance leadshim to almost be cooked alive. The second is the importance ofhelping those in need, as they will help you in return when youneed it.
The Chronicles of Narnia are actually Christian allegory. C.S. Lewis was a devout Christian who used a lot of symbolism in all of the stories. For one thing -- think about Aslan. He's the son of the Great God. He sacrifices himself so that the children can live in the first book. He is reborn. In …a later book, he appears to the children as a lamb. See what other Christian themes you can find in the books! (MORE)
Well.... What i think it is is to always stay by your loved ones never give up and friendship and loyalty :)
The function of a theme is to give you something to write about. If you are not writing about something, then you are just typing (to quote Truman Capote).
Nobody has ever done a scientific study -- you could do one to find out. The percentage is going to be small, though, because most people in the world do not read much.
Descriptive language shows you what's important in the story, andthat leads you to the overall theme, or important idea. If thestory is told in harsh, cold language, it's got a different themethan if it's told in soft, flowery tones.