Writing Theme Statements
By: Liya Abraham and Phoenix Richmond
What is a Theme Statement and what should it include?
- title and author name(s)
- the theme subject
What is not considered a Theme Statement?
What are the DOs when writing a Theme Statement?
- Explain your topic thoroughly in the statement
- Express the theme in your own words
What are the DON'Ts when writing a Theme Statement?
-do not state it as absolute ex: do no use these words- all, everything, always, etc.
-do not refer back to the characters or certain parts of the story like an essay would
What are the steps to writing a Theme Statement?
2. Identify your genre, author, and name of story
3. Put all of that into a sentence
4. Elaborate on the topic in another sentence
Examples of Theme Statements
Statement: In The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, in Act 1, Scene 1, it is about loyalty, and is saying if you have a true friendship, then loyalty will be one of the main components.
-Theme Subject: Inequality
Statement: In The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare , in Act 3, Scene 3, it is about inequality and it is sainying no matter if you have the same traits as someone, does not mean that you will be treated the same.
Theme Subject: Love
Statement: In The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, in Act 4 Scene 1, is about love, and is saying If you truly love someone, then you will be willing to help out the people they care about.