Writing theme statement

By: Jewel Gonzalez and Ona Pippin

What is a theme?

  • A theme is a idea that the author is trying to imply about the topic of the text.

What is not considered a theme?

  • The theme is not the same as a subject
  • Themes do not refer to specific names
  • The theme is not a command

What are the dos and don'ts when writing a theme statement?

  • Do
  1. Use your own words
  2. Express the theme as an insight into life
  3. Use words = sometimes,may,and often
  • Don'ts
  1. Avoid word = everyone, always, never, and all
  2. Use clichés as your theme statement

What are the steps to writing a theme statement?

  • Write/type the genre, title and author
  • Identify the abstract topic & combine with step 1
  • Compare it to humanity and identify what the author is trying to say
  • Write in a complete sentence, or paragraph form

Theme Statements

Topic Subject : Loyalty


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is about Loyalty and reveals that many people are willing to help true friends regardless of their situation.


Topic Subject: Hatred


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is about hatred and shows that people can dislike each other just by there qualities.


Topic Subject : Love


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is about love and shows that people can go to the extremes for love.