Course 10—Lecture

LitCourse 10
How to Read: Theme


Theme—what it's all about

The elements of fiction—plot, characters, setting and symbols—work together to form the central ideas of a story.

Theme is a generalized statement about a story —and must be supported by the text. But be careful—theme is not . . .

the story's moral
a plot summary
the story's subject

Let's look at what themes are not by revisiting a few previous LitCourse stories

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