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<ul><li>1.Theme in Literature Mr. Dixon</li></ul> <p>2. Definition </p> <ul><li>Theme: </li></ul> <ul><li>Themain ideaorunderlying meaningof a literary work</li></ul> <p>3. Basic Characteristics </p> <ul><li>A theme may bestatedorimplied </li></ul> <ul><li>Theme differs from the subject or topic of a literary work in that it involves astatementoropinionabout the topic</li></ul> <ul><li>Not every literary work has a theme</li></ul> <ul><li>Themes may bemajororminor </li></ul> <p>4. Major vs. Minor </p> <ul><li>A major theme isan idea the author returns totime and again; it becomes one of themost importantideas in the story </li></ul> <ul><li>A minor theme is an idea that may appearonly periodically </li></ul> <p>5. Theme and Subject </p> <ul><li>It is important to recognize the difference between thethemeof a literary work and thesubjectof a literary work.</li></ul> <ul><li>Thesubjectis thetopicon which an author has chosen to write</li></ul> <ul><li>Thetheme , however,makes some statementabout orexpresses some opinionon that topic</li></ul> <p>6. Example </p> <ul><li>Thesubjectof a story might bewarwhile thethemeof that same story might be the idea thatwar is useless . </li></ul> <p>7. How Do Authors Express Themes? </p> <ul><li>In 4 primary ways: </li></ul> <ul><li>1)Themes are expressed and emphasized by the way the author makes us feel. By sharingfeelings of the main character,we also share the ideas that go through his mind</li></ul> <p>8. How Do Authors Express Themes? (continued) </p> <ul><li>2)Themes are presented inthoughts and conversations . Authors put words in their characters mouths only for good reasons. One of these is to develop a storys themes. The things a person says are frequently on their mind. Look forthoughts that are repeatedthroughout the story.</li></ul> <p>9. How Do Authors Express Themes? (continued) </p> <ul><li>3)Themes are suggested through thecharacters . The main character usually illustrates the most important theme of the story. A good way to get at this theme is to ask yourself the question,what does the main character learnin the course of the story?</li></ul> <p>10. How Do Authors Express Themes? (continued) </p> <ul><li>4)Theactions or eventsin the story are used to suggest theme. People naturally express ideas and feelings through their actions. One thing authors think about iswhat an action will "say".In other words, how will the action express an idea or theme?</li></ul> <p>11. How Do Authors Express Themes? (Review) </p> <ul><li>Through thefeelingsof the main character </li></ul> <ul><li>Throughthoughtsandconversations </li></ul> <ul><li>Throughwhat the main character learns </li></ul> <ul><li>Through specificactionsorevents </li></ul>