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  • 1. Let ’ s take a look!! What is theme, you ask? Hmmmm….
  • 2.
    • It is the central message or insight into life.
    • It’s more than just, “What is the story about.”
    • It is what the work MEANS!!!
    Theme Theme
  • 3. Themes are either:
    • Stated directly—the “meaning” of the story is said in the story
  • 4. Implied—a reader must decide what the message of the story is by looking at other elements such as plot outcomes. To understand implied themes sometimes you must think about it a lot or read it several times . OR:
  • 5.
    • A. (Title of work)_ is about (single word)_______.
    • B. (Title of work)__ shows that (a statement about A. _____.
    Thematic Statements
  • 6. Example:
    • “ The Lottery” is about
    • “ The Lottery” shows that we should not conform to a society just to fit in; we should stand up for our beliefs and what is right.
    conformity .
  • 7. Example:
    • “ The Necklace” is about
    • “ The Necklace” shows that we should not be too proud to tell the truth. Sometimes, it saves us a lot of trouble.
    pride.