G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONThe Elements of FictionTheme Bruce Clary, McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNTheme is not the moral of a story. Theme suggestsa morality, but it offers no moral.
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNTheme is not only the message or meaning of story.Theme contains an idea but cannot be stated as anidea.
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNTheme is the abstracted sum and consequence ofall the other elements of fiction.
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNTheme asks first, What is the story about? but itdoes not stop there.Theme goes on to ask, What about what it’s about?
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNTheme answers the questions, What is the model ofreality portrayed in the story? and What is life likeaccording to the world presented in the story?
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN• What is the model of reality in “The Lottery”? In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”?• What is life like according to “The Rocking- Horse Winner”?• What is war like according to “The Things They Carried”?• What is the transition from boyhood to manhood like according to “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”? “A & P”?
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN“A story is a way to say something that can’t besaid any other way, and it takes every word in thestory to say what the meaning is…. When anybodyasks what a story is about, the only proper thing isto tell him to read the story.” —Flannery O’Connor
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