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Encyclopedia > Theme (literature)

In literature, a theme is a broad idea in a story, or a message or lesson conveyed by a work. This message is usually about life, society or human nature. Themes explore timeless and universal ideas. Most themes are implied rather than explicitly stated. This article is about life in general. ... Young people interacting within an ethnically diverse society. ... For other uses, see Human nature (disambiguation). ...


Deep thematic content is not required in literature; however, some readers hold that all stories inherently project some kind of outlook on life that can be taken as a theme, regardless of whether or not this is the intent of the author. In literary theory and aesthetics, authorial intentionality is a concept referring to an utterances authors intent as it is encoded in the medium of communication (speech, writing, performance). ...


Themes arise from the interplay of plot, setting, character, conflict, and tone.


The same story can be given very different themes in the hands of different authors. For instance, the source for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Matteo Bandello's The Tragical History of Romeo and Juliet emphasizes the perils of dishonesty and disobedience. For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ... Matteo Bandello (c. ...


Examples

Some themes are as follows. To Kill A Mockingbird Growing up, racism


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Novel - MSN Encarta (2016 words)
The theme of a novel is more than its subject matter, because an author’s technique can play as strong a role in developing a theme as the actions of the characters do.
American novelist John Updike explored this theme in Rabbit, Run (1960), about a former high school basketball star who is disappointed with his marriage, unsettled by the birth of his first child, and unhappy with his job as a used-car salesman.
Other common themes in novels include how art and life are reflected in one another, the meaning of religion, and whether technology helps people or whether it is a harmful aspect of society.
Theme (literary) (224 words)
In literature (as well as many works of nonfiction), a theme is a main idea of the story, or the message the author is conveying.
A theme is not the same as the subject of a work.
The term theme may be used in the same way to refer to works of theatre and film.
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