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So what you are trying
     to say is…
            What is Theme?
Theme is the central idea, purpose, or lesson
that a story is trying to teach.

If you think of an onion and it’s layers, you can
see where theme comes into play in a story.
It's at the very heart of the literature, but like
the center of an onion, you have to peel away
layers to get to the central idea.
Layers of Meaning


Actual Meaning: The
literal words used by
   the author in the
    story or poem.
 Actual Meaning: The actual events in the
        story or words in a poem.



       Meaning:
Actual Author’s The
actual events in the
    Message: the
story or words in a
   ideas the writer
poem. wants to
             convey
Actual Meaning: The actual events
in the story or words in a poem.


     Author’s Message:
    The ideas the writer
      wants to convey.

         Universal
         Truth: The
           Theme
        Of Special Note

In most cases, you will not find
the theme directly in a story or
poem. Instead, a reader must
infer, or make an educated guess,
after reading a piece.
        Clues to Be Found

Places to find clues to the theme:
1. The Title
2. The First Paragraph/Stanza
3. The Last Paragraph/Stanza
4. Repeated words or phrases
          REMEMBER

Theme is not the topic of the
work, but a statement made
about the topic.
     Examples of Common Themes

•   Bravery
•   Sorrow
•   Love conquers all
•   Always expect the worst to
    happen

				
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