What is it?
Identifying a Theme Statement
2. Understand the plot of the selection
3. Select a subject (Ex. Prejudice or racism)
4. Gather the cause of this subject (Ex. Prejudice and racism was a result of enslaving Africans and treating them like property)
5. Put it all into a sentence, essentially creating your theme statement
What does a Theme Statement include?
- Express the theme as a subject or topic
- Say the theme is something like " the apple doesn't fall far from the tree"
- Say a moral is a theme (Ex. Tell the truth)
- Make a thematic statement too general (Avoid the use of words such as always, never, or all"
- Refer to characters directly in a theme statement
2) In The Merchants of Venice by William Shakespeare exploits a theme of Arrogance, the play shows this theme because some people dive in headlong into situations they think they can solve, even though there was no guarantee.
3) In the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare the theme of vengeance is shown as some people are willing to go to almost any means to exact their revenge because of the hatred which people can have toward each other.