What is a theme statement for "The Lady, or the Tiger?"

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One great way to formulate theme statements requires three steps, and these three steps can be applied to any essay about any work of literature.

First of all, identify an interesting subject within the work of literature. In "The Lady, or the Tiger?" you might choose a characteristic belonging to...

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One great way to formulate theme statements requires three steps, and these three steps can be applied to any essay about any work of literature.

First of all, identify an interesting subject within the work of literature. In "The Lady, or the Tiger?" you might choose a characteristic belonging to the king or his daughter, an event like the handsome man's glance at the other woman, or even a detail like the daughter's semi-barbarism.

Secondly, select an interesting verb; versions of "to be" like "is" or "are" can be replaced with verbs like "reveal" or "illuminate" or "expresses."

Lastly, decide which literary device you would like to discuss in the theme statement and the corresponding paragraph or paragraphs. Characterization, irony, metaphor, and symbolism all work well for this purpose.

The theme statement is comprised of one of each of these three elements, and all three elements are in bold in this example:

When the handsome man glances at a pretty woman who is not the king's daughter, he reveals an important detail about his character: his attachment to the princess may not be as serious as the princess would like it to be.

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A theme statement is a topic sentence for a paper (essay). Depending upon what you, as the writer, wish to say about the text you are examining, theme statements will be different from writer to writer (even when writing about the same text).

Therefore, there are many different theme statements one could use when discussing Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger?"

Here are some different examples of theme statements one could use (as a topic sentence of an essay/ paragraph) when examining the text:

1. The main reasoning behind Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger?" is examination of one's choices and recognition of consequences.

2. Frank Stockton, in the short story "The Lady or the Tiger?," examines the circumstances which surround betrayal.

3. The concept of beauty is examined in regards to importance in society in his short story "The Lady or the Tiger?"

 

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