The theme of any literary work is the base that acts as a foundation for the entire literary piece. The theme links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject. The theme can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story.

The main theme in the play Romeo and Juliet was love with smaller themes of sacrifice, tragedy, struggle, hardship, devotion and so on.

14 thoughts on “Theme”

  1. What will be the theme of the extract. Without a sound they gush into bowels of the sea far,far away from unaided human eyes if you cannot see our tears it does not mean we do not cry

  2. If the theme is the lesson or message that the reader/audience gets after a story/play, then, the theme can’t be “love”. They didn’t “learn love”.

    They learned something ABOUT love. What did they learn?

    “Love makes you do dangerous thing”
    “Love is worth fighting for”
    “Immature love has life-altering consequences”

    THOSE are themes, not one-word “topics” about what the story is about.

    1. Don’t say(or think) this is the way to do it and that’s the only way. As my teacher says “ there is always more than one way to do something.”It’s the same with thinking and ways of showing or expressing something.

      1. I half agree; there is constant misuse between ‘thematic statement’ and ‘theme.’ In practice, ‘theme’ and ‘central idea’ or ‘topic’ have become interchangeable, especially among high school teachers and students. It’s not ideal, but language adapts to use.

  3. A theme is the author’s message to the audience. Therefore, “love”, “betrayal”, etc function as thematic subjects addressed by the work. The theme is the author’s message to the audience concerning a thematic subject.

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