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Theme. REVIEW…. The five literary elements found in all fictional literature… Characters : who Setting: where/when Plot: how Conflict: what THEME: WHY! . Theme. A theme is… the author’s central message or idea in a story. expressed in a general statement.

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Review
REVIEW…

  • The five literary elements found in all fictional literature…

    • Characters : who

    • Setting: where/when

    • Plot: how

    • Conflict: what

    • THEME: WHY!


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Theme

  • A theme is…

    • the author’s central message or idea in a story.

    • expressed in a general statement.

    • is about human beings or about life.


A theme is…

A theme is not…

A moral

A lesson

Advice

A “you” statement

Fortune cookie message

One word

A summary

Non-example: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

  • A message or idea

  • Stated in a sentence

  • An author’s observation about human nature.

  • Found in all literary elements of a story: characters, setting, plot, and conflict.

  • Arguable.

  • Implied; not directly stated.

  • Applicable to multiple texts.

  • Example: Hard work results in success.


How to figure out the theme of a fictional story
How to figure out the theme of a fictional story…

Start:

What topics or big ideas does the story deal with?

End:

Put it into a THEME statement!

What is the author saying about one of these topics?


Still having trouble think about
Still having trouble? Think about…

  • Symbols that reoccur

  • Patterns in the story

  • Details that stand out from the rest

  • The title


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