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Theme The Search for Meaning
What is a Theme? Theme: Life lesson, meaning, moral, or message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work. In other words… Theme is what the story teaches readers.
Themes A theme is not a word, it is a sentence. You don’t have to agree with theme to identify it. Examples Be strong, be independent, but most importantly, be yourself. (Mulan) Family isn’t defined by blood, but by love and acceptance. (Lilo & Stitch)
Identifying Themes are not explicit (clearly stated). Themes are implied. Themes are bigger than the story. Small World of the Story Big World of the Theme. Applies to the “Real” World.
What is theme? Take a look at the lyrics from Hakuna Matata: “It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata. ”
Themes are about the big picture. Not “Pumbaa’s farts” Not “Simba’s fears” Think BIGGER. Find “Real” World advice. Small World of the Story Big World of the Theme. Applies to the “Real” World.
What is theme? Take a look at the lyrics from Hakuna Matata: “It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problemfree philosophy, Hakuna Matata. ” The topics are worrying and philosophy. What do the lyrics say about these topics? What’s their lesson about life? The answer to these questions is theme: worrying is a choice If we put these things together we get theme: You don’t have to let your worries define your life.
interpreting and connecting figurative language and theme
interpreting and connecting figurative language and theme 1. What kind of figurative language is it? 2. What is being compared? – Do these things have a good/bad/neutral connotation? 3. What do those specific comparisons imply? 4. How would you summarize Forest’s statement using only literal language. 5. What does the passage say about life?