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Chapter 3: Theme. What is theme? (page 116-117). The truth of the story Usually reveals message about life Gives the story power A lesson the character learns. How to find the theme?. Be a detective Read between the lines. You must INFER! Look for word clues/ language

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What is theme page 116 117
What is theme? (page 116-117)

  • The truth of the story

  • Usually reveals message about life

  • Gives the story power

  • A lesson the character learns


How to find the theme
How to find the theme?

  • Be a detective

  • Read between the lines.

  • You must INFER!

  • Look for word clues/ language

  • “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

  • “ The Tortoise and the Hare”


Ask yourself the following questions
Ask yourself the following questions:

1) Is the writer (author) trying to tell you a specific point of view

2) What does the title signify?

3) Is the title a clue to the theme?

4) How does the main character change in the story?

5) What do the word choices and imagery reveal about the theme?


How are themes conveyed
How are themes conveyed?

  • Through a character’s thoughts and ideas

  • A character’s actions

  • Details and images


Don t be fooled
Don’t Be Fooled!

  • The theme of a story can often be confused with the story’s subject

  • There can be more than one theme in a story

  • A story from a long time ago can show that people have the same ideas about life as we do now.


Universal themes
Universal Themes

  • Relate to the human condition

  • Examples: love, fear, jealousy, friendship, loyalty, responsibility, truthfulness, happiness, sadness, ego, hope, bravery, peace, childhood, fairness, anger, integrity, respect, etc.

  • Read King Midas


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