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LITERARY THEMES . Commonly found in creative writing. Themes can be found everywhere: movies, literature, stories, art… The theme of a fable is its moral. The theme of a parable is its teaching, The theme of a piece of literature is its view about life and how people behave. THEME .

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Literary themes

LITERARY THEMES

Commonly found in creative writing



Theme
THEME art…

Underlying meaning of the story

A universal truth

A significant statement the story is making about society, human nature, or the human condition


The theme of a literary work is its underlying central idea or the generalization it communicates about life.


Theme the meaning of life
Theme? The Meaning of Life? or the generalization it communicates about life.

  • The theme expresses the author’s opinion or raises a question about human nature or the meaning of human experience,


Topic and opinion
TOPIC and OPINION or the generalization it communicates about life.

  • At times the author’s theme may not agree with your beliefs.

  • Even then, if skillfully written, the work will still have a theme that illuminates some aspects of true human experience.


The author s task is to communicate on a common ground with the reader
The author’s task is to communicate on a common ground with the reader.

Although the particulars in your experience may be different from the details of the story, the general underlying truths in the story may be just the connection you and the writer are looking for.


The quest for immortality
The quest for immortality with the reader.



The individual’s inward journey to understand oneself and to identify who he or she is. (man vs. self)



How do we achieve justice
How do we achieve justice? natural world. (man vs. nature)


The individual as hero what it means to be a hero or antihero
The individual as hero: what natural world. (man vs. nature)it means to be a hero or antihero.


What it means to be a survivor
What it means to be a survivor. natural world. (man vs. nature)




What tomorrow s world holds for us
What tomorrow’s world holds for us. natural world. (man vs. nature)


Topic love need an opinion
TOPIC = LOVE (need an opinion) natural world. (man vs. nature)

  • Marriage and Familial love

  • Romance

  • Platonic or companion love

  • Altruistic (for the good of everyone) love

  • Love of country

  • Admiration and infatuation

  • Possessiveness and jealousy

  • Intense dependency

  • Logical sensible love

  • Unrequited (unfulfilled/unreturned) love

  • Self-centered love

  • Godly love

  • Erotic love


Role of institutions man vs institutions
Role of institutions (man natural world. (man vs. nature)vs.institutions)



(Follow the format):in ink, in natural world. (man vs. nature)cursive:In the novel Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, the theme is stated in the following manner: [topic] and [opinion] (in a sentence).


The theme in a paragraph can also be called a thesis
The theme in a paragraph can also be called a natural world. (man vs. nature)thesis!


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