THEME - connection with the underlying truth (or theme) of...

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Theme What exactly to we mean by theme? Theme is the central idea or message in a literary work. It is not the subject of the work (students  often get the two definitions of theme confused). It is a perception about human life. The theme of a fable is its moral.  The theme of a parable is its teaching.  In  fiction , the theme is not intended to teach or preach. In fact, it is not presented directly at  all.  You must figure it out. The theme is revealed by: o the way characters change in a story  o conflicts in the story   o statements made by the narrator or characters. Understanding theme involves  understanding plot, characters, and setting . The writer's task is to communicate on a common ground with the reader. Although the  particulars of your experience may be different from the details of the story, you may make a 
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Unformatted text preview: connection with the underlying truth (or theme) of the story. Finding the Theme Here are some ways to uncover the theme in a story: 1. Check out the title. Sometimes it tells you a lot about the theme. 2. Notice repeating patterns and symbols. Sometimes these lead you to the theme. 3. What allusions are made throughout the story? (an allusion is a reference to something else from art, literature, media or real life) 4. What are the details and particulars in the story? What greater meaning may they have? Be aware that a theme we determine from a story never completely explains the story. It is simply one of the elements that make up the whole....
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