Writing Theme Statements

By: Liya Abraham and Phoenix Richmond

What is a Theme Statement and what should it include?

A sentence to a paragraph explaining the theme subject of the passage you are reading. It should include:


  • genre
  • title and author name(s)
  • the theme subject

What is not considered a Theme Statement?

-Not just an abstract word ex: love, hate , jealousy

What are the DOs when writing a Theme Statement?

- Add a genre, title, author, and topic/ abstract concept

- 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 very broadly

-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?

1. Identify your topic

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

-Theme Subject: Loyalty

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.