How to Write a Theme Properly
Matthew Miller and Johnathan Pugh
What is a Theme?
- A theme is the central message of literary work. It differs from the subject, which can be expressed in a word or two I.E: Courage, Pride
- The theme is the idea the author wishes to convey ABOUT the subject
Good Characteristics of a Theme
- Expressed in a complete sentence
- Describes the general meaning of the story
- Must hold for the WHOLE story not just one part.
- Avoids Using cliche remarks.
What is NOT considered a Theme?
Do's and Don'ts...
· Gain a general understanding of the characters actions.
· Express the theme as an understanding of life.
· Say it in your own words.
· Express the theme as a general statement on the topic
· Don't express as a cliché
· Don't make it too broad or general I.E: Being poor causes criminal acts
Steps to Writing a Theme.
· Step 1: Choose an abstract concept like unrequited love, freedom, abuse, jealously, self-pity, or fear of the dark that the work explores.
· Step 2: The (genre), (title) by (author) is about (topic/abtract concept).Step 3: Now, you need to state what the literacy work asserts about this abstract topic. If about jealousy, what opinion does it express about the effect of jealousy on human
Bad Theme Statement:
Good: Theme statement
Theme Topic: Pride.
In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice he shows that pride can be an asset to a humans character and a detriment as well.