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Theme Statements. Developing theme through topics. Topic vs. Theme. Theme statements come from topic words (main ideas) , such as Rottenness and Decay Appearance versus Reality Madness Trust, loyalty and friendship Revenge and Filial Obligation. Topic/Main Idea.

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Theme Statements

Developing theme through topics


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Topic vs. Theme

  • Theme statements come from topic words (main ideas), such as

    • Rottenness and Decay

    • Appearance versus Reality

    • Madness

    • Trust, loyalty and friendship

    • Revenge and Filial Obligation


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Topic/Main Idea

  • Topics may be the same for different stories, but the authors’ messages about the topic word may be different

    • For example, in Romeo and Juliet an example of a ‘topic’ that the story addresses is ‘love.’

    • What happens to the characters at the end?

    • Based on the events and the ending what lesson is the audience to learn about love?


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Theme Statements

  • The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave. You extract theme from the characters, action, and setting that make up the story.

  • The THEME of a story is longer than one word as it expresses an opinion or a particular perspective on a topic. Therefore, theme is conveyed through theme statements expressed in sentence format.

  • Theme is a comment or opinion about the ‘topic’ in a story

  • Theme is usually communicated through the main character’s actions and must include the main character

  • When considering theme, think about what the writer wants the reader to understand – the lesson that the reader is to learn from the events and outcomes in the text.

    *For example, in Romeo and Juliet a potential theme statement could be: “Love can prosper despite the hate rooted in family feuds.”

    Notice that the theme statement addresses the topic of ‘love.’


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Simply…

  • Think of topics as the “what.”

    • What are the big ideas in the story?

  • Themes are the “so what.”

    • So what about the topic word?

    • So what is the author trying to say?


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Composing a Theme Statement

  • Ask the following questions:

    • What is the topic about?

    • Why is the topic an important issue?

    • Who does the topic involve?

    • How does the topic affect the protagonist?

    • What problems or issues arise because of this topic?

    • How does the topic affect the way society functions in the text?


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Example

  • For example, if your topic is the generation gap, you might ask yourself the following questions to gain an understanding of the topic and uncover some of its complexities.

    • · What is the generation gap?

    • · Why is the generation gap an important issue in this text?

    • · Who does the generation gap involve?

    • · How does it affect the protagonist?

    • · What problems or issues arise because of this topic?

    • · How does it affect the way society functions in the text?

  • Your answers to such questions will quickly uncover the complexity of this topic.


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Example


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Sample Theme Statement


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Theme Statements + Support

  • In groups review the play and write a theme statement (sentence) based on one of the assigned topics (POINT)

    • Remember: A theme statement is the lesson that the audience/reader is supposed to learn from events & outcomes in the text

  • PROOF: Locate at least 3 quotations from the play which support your theme statement. Citation = (Act.Scene.Line)

  • ANALYSIS: Explain how and why the chosen quotes support your theme statement .

    • Rottenness, Death and Decay

    • Appearance versus Reality

    • Madness

    • Trust, loyalty vs. betrayal

    • Revenge and Filial Obligation

    • Man (human) versus himself


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