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Elements of theme

Elements of theme


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  • 1. Elements of Fiction
    Focus onTHEME
  • 2. EnhancingYour Understanding
    1
    3
    2
    Directly
    Stated
    Importance of Theme
    Indirectly
    Implied
    Who’s telling this story anyway?
  • 3.
  • 4. Directly Stated
    Putting it in so many words
    1
  • 5. The themeof a fable is its moral.
  • 6. The themeof a fable is its moral. The themeof a parable is its teaching.
  • 7. The themeof a fable is its moral. The themeof a parable is its teaching. The themeof a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave.
  • 8. Theme
    In Robert McNeil’s article,
    “The Trouble with Television”
    There are problems with television.
  • 9. 2
    Implied Indirectly
    Saying it, but not saying it
  • 10. In fiction, the theme is not intended to teach or preach. In fact, it is not presented directly at all. You extract it from the characters, action, and setting that make up the story. In other words, you must figure out the theme yourself.
  • 11. Life is a yo-yo. It's a series of ups and downs.
    THROUGH metaphor
  • 12. THROUGH simile
    Dream Deferred
    What happens to a dream
    deferred?
    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore—
    and then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over—
    like a syrupy sweet?
    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load
    Or does it just explode?
    Langston Hughes
  • 13. THROUGHpersonification
    Sleeping in the Forest
    by Mary Oliver
    I thought the earth remembered me,
    she took me back so tenderly,
    arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
    full of lichens and seeds.
  • 14. “Luke, I am your father.”
    THROUGH tone of voice
  • 15. THROUGHsymbols
    “Mockingbirdsdon’t do one thing but . . . sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
    Harper Lee
  • 16. THROUGHimagery
    Shakespeare uses imagery to depict a theme of madness throughout the play.  Following the murder of Polonius, Gertrude describes Hamlet’s madness by . . . declaring Hamlet is as “mad as the sea and wind when both contend/ which is the mightier,” (Shakespeare, IV, i, 8-9).
  • 17. “A novel's whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing, or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about, and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening or sharpening what is already written. That is finding the
    theme.
    Diane Johnson
  • 18. 3
    Importance of Theme
    Get the message across
  • 19. Although the particulars of your experience may be different from the details of the story, the general underlying truths behind the story may be just the
    connection
    that both you and the writer are seeking.
  • 20. “I identified in a very deep way with the individuals I was writing about because the theme that runs through this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.”Laura Hillenbrand
    Connecting us to humanity
  • 21. INPIRING society
    If it awakens in us as a whole how important that is - the theme of how conquest and ambition are meaningless without contribution - I think then as a society we're in better shape. I hope people are inspired to be the best.
    Rob Morrow
  • 22. It’s aword
    Not
    The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?
    Anne Rice
  • 23. So, what’s your theme?
    We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don't know where you're aiming, you don't have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared.
    Mary Kay Ash
  • 24. Want to jump to a bookmark in your video? Hover over the video and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
    Did we mention you can add bookmarks, includefades, andtrimyour videos now?
    Fountain Geyser
  • 25. FOCUS ON FICTION
    What’s Your Message?