Theme Wizards

Brianna Adame and Alana Reddy Teaching You Theme Magic

Theme Defined

A theme is the idea of the authors wishes to convey about the subject. It's expressed as a sentence and/or general statement about life or human nature. A literary work may have more than one theme, but most themes are not directly stated but are still implied.

What it themes should include

A theme should include the title, author, genre, and the message.

How Even do you Write a Theme Statement?

Lots of people confuse a theme statement with a Thesis. A Thesis is how you feel about the work, a Theme is how the author feel about the text.


In order to actually make a decent theme you Must read the book to grasp an understanding of the plot.


•Convey one main Idea about the work (The genre)

•Your theme should show a message that the author is trying to convey.

Don'ts: Do not make your theme statement connect to one specific person.

Now for the actual steps to writing a theme

1) Analyze the text

2) Determine what the author is trying to say about nature or life.

3) Write how number two is developed into the story

4) Write what the author might be trying to say by developing it that way in the story


The examples of a decent theme statement are listed below from a Shakespearean play The Merchant of Venice.

Example one: Theme Subject: Hatred

Theme Statement: In the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, a subject is hate which can blind people from the greater things in life.

Example two: Theme Subject: Determination

Theme Statement: In the play, Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, the theme of Exasperation is portrayed because once a person has their heart and mind set to a goal, they would do all they can to achieve their goal.

Example three: Theme Subject: Loyalty

Theme Statement: In the play The Merchant of Venice loyalty is shown on many occasions, proving that blind trust can lead to bad outcomes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered not a theme?

Our logically calculated answer: If it is not a complete sentence it is not a Theme Statement, but a theme Subject. (Ex: 'hatred').