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    • THEMETheme = Universal Truth
    • What is THEME?• … underlying meaning of the story; a universal truth;• a significant statement the story is making about society, human nature, or the human condition .• The theme is usually something everyone goes through; a statement or a lesson about life.
    • • Themes can be found everywhere : literature, stories, art, movies, and so forth.• The theme can be a moral.• Ask yourself, “What is the story teaching ?”• Try to figure out the author’s view about life by looking at how people behave .
    • Examples of Theme Here are two examples found in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton:• HONOR -The Greasers, perhaps because they don’t fit in to the larger society, must create and follow their own code of ethics. For example, Dally once let himself be arrested for a crime that Two-Bit committed.One must stand by the code of honor, no matter the situation.• VIOLENCE -Despite all the gang fights and shootouts, no group ever comes out “on top” – the cycle of violence merely causes losses, pain, and suffering for both sides.Violence causes pain and suffering.
    • Examples of theme in The Hunger GamesFood and safety arenecessary for survival. Some forms of Government are unjust.
    • Struggle for Immortality-How do we fight aging?Good versus Evil- good will prevail.• Love Conquers All.
    • Common Literary Themes (Themes repeated in many works)• Love is blind. • The importance of• Friendship. family.• Honesty is the • Bravery. best policy. • Never give up.• Greed. • The truth will set• Family and friends you free. are worth a lot.
    • Common Literary Themes, continued• Loyalty: True friends will tell you when you’re wrong, and they’ll never leave you.• War: When man has suffered a loss, no one wins.• War is necessary sometimes.• Kindness: It is better to give than to receive.• Death is Inevitable.• Guilt.