Please take out your binder … Definition of theme Definition of theme statement How to find themes Examples of themes A theme is a central message in a work. The point the author is making about life or people. A theme statement must be a complete sentence, not just a word or phrase. Multiple theme statements are possible Supported with examples the text. It does not give advice. No “you” or “should” Subject: what a work is about. It can usually be expressed in one word. For example, “Love” is a subject of Romeo and Juliet Theme: What does the work say about the subject? For example, In Romeo and Juliet, we learn that adolescent romance can be a stronger force than family ties. The true meaning of love. Mrs. Smith learns that British people can't dance. Because the main character commits suicide, the theme is that we should all commit suicide. War destroys or forever changes the lives of innocent people. The theme of The Old Man and the Sea is that striving, struggling, and suffering are the only ways to achieve victory. In My Antonia, Willa Cather demonstrates that the land is what makes people happy and fulfilled. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet reveals that long term unresolved conflict between families leads to disaster. __________a. People shouldn’t trust other people to carry messages. __________b. You shouldn’t ever commit suicide. __________c. Great sacrifices are made in the name of love. __________d. Romeo killed Tybalt in revenge for Mercutio’s death. __________e. Poor decisions are often made impulsively. __________f. Blind loyalty causes foolish behavior. ____N_____a. People shouldn’t trust other people to carry messages. ____N____b. You shouldn’t ever commit suicide. ____T_____c. Great sacrifices are made in the name of love. ____N______d. Romeo killed Tybalt in revenge for Mercutio’s death. ____T______e. Poor decisions are often made impulsively. ____T______f. Blind loyalty causes foolish behavior.
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