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  1. 1. Let ’ s take a look!! What is theme, you ask? Hmmmm….
  2. 2. <ul><li>It is the central message or insight into life. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s more than just, “What is the story about.” </li></ul><ul><li>It is what the work MEANS!!! </li></ul>Theme Theme
  3. 3. Themes are either: <ul><li>Stated directly—the “meaning” of the story is said in the story </li></ul>
  4. 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. 5. <ul><li>A. (Title of work)_ is about (single word)_______. </li></ul><ul><li>B. (Title of work)__ shows that (a statement about A. _____. </li></ul>Thematic Statements
  6. 6. Example: <ul><li>“ The Lottery” is about </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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. </li></ul>conformity .
  7. 7. Example: <ul><li>“ The Necklace” is about </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Necklace” shows that we should not be too proud to tell the truth. Sometimes, it saves us a lot of trouble. </li></ul>pride.