How does theme make the charaters, the plot, and irony become more clearer in the story?i need to know how each of the characters are presented in the story and a little about each, also how plot...

How does theme make the charaters, the plot, and irony become more clearer in the story?

i need to know how each of the characters are presented in the story and a little about each, also how plot plays a role in the story, and how does irony become clear to the reader in the story.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Having not noted a specific story, I will answer generally for you and hopefully you can apply it to what you are reading.

Theme often drives the purpose of a story and everything else around it (characters, plot, irony) further develops that theme. The theme often demonstrates a truth the author wants the audience to get.

Let's say a theme is all people have value. Think about Shrek. The author purposely made Shrek a character with reason for self-depreciation. Shrek was by all evidence ugly on the outside, mean (because other people made him that way), and an outcast from society. By the end of the story, Shrek is found to have great value as a person because of those things we don't notice at the beginning, strength and the willingness to do good things for others.

The plot in Shrek is situationed to position him to have two relationships. By the end of the story, after struggling through the complications of the rising action, and watching the turning point (learning about Fiona's true identity), we are further encouraged by the theme that all people have value.

Finally, the irony of the entire story is that the relationship he wants to pursue he can't because of the limitation of his true nature.  However, we find that that same true nature exists in Fiona. We thought love's true kiss would make Shrek man, but it made Fiona ogre!

This all has to do with an author's purpose.

lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What story are you talking about?