What is a theme?

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I am hoping your question is asking about what theme is in literature rather than just the conventional composition theme like a five-paragraph essay

Authors develop themes in their writing to get across important ideas that they would like their readers to take away from their piece of literature....

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I am hoping your question is asking about what theme is in literature rather than just the conventional composition theme like a five-paragraph essay

Authors develop themes in their writing to get across important ideas that they would like their readers to take away from their piece of literature. Usually, these themes are universal; in other words, they span culture and time. For example, the theme of good vs. bad is seen in various works of literature from the stories in The Bible to characters in the Harry Potter series.  As readers, we learn about ourselves and the human experience through an author’s development of theme. The main theme of a work is usually developed through the main character and his actions and motivations. A single piece of literature can have many themes, and they can be found through analyzing what you learn about human beings through characters, actions, and events.

As an example, here are a few themes found in the Harry Potter series.

  • Friendship
  • Competition
  • Responsibility
  • Overcoming obstacles and hardships
  • Morality
  • Good vs. evil
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