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Encyclopedia > Theme (literary)

In literature (as well as many works of nonfiction), a theme is the main idea of the story, or the message the author is conveying. This message is usually about life, society or human nature. Not all stories have explicit themes (they are optional in escape fiction). However, some readers would say that, because all stories choose certain areas of life to focus on and deal with, 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. Analysis of changes in dynamic characters can provide insight into a particular theme.


The term theme may be used in the same way to refer to works of theatre and film.


General rules for stating a theme are:

  1. Use complete sentences.
  2. Make a point about a specific topic. For example, a statement that the theme is "love" is incorrect — what about love?
  3. Do not use names. Instead use one, a person, people, etc.
  4. Do not use absolutes such as: always, never, everyone, must, everybody, etc.
  5. Do not use cliches, e.g. Crime doesn't pay.
  6. Do not give lessons or morals.
  7. A theme must be based on and supported by the entire story.

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Reader Views Literary Book Contest (0 words)
The annual literary contest, in collaboration with Loving Healing Press, was established to honor writers who have written a short story that would qualify for publishing.
Reader Views Literary Contest is open to all writers regardless of residency, however, the story must be written in the English language.
Theme is “Transformation.” It must be true story about the most important self-discovery that you (or a family member had) or event/decision that caused you to look at the world or yourself in a whole new way for the rest of your life.
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