Course 10—Lecture

LitCourse 10
How to Read: Theme


Theme is not . . .

"A & P" (Course 4)
Sammy acts rashly and is left all alone at the end. The story's moral is that acting on impulse causes trouble—it's better to think before you act.

Problem: moral. This is a statement of the story's moral, not it's central idea (nor is it exactly the moral or the lesson Sammy learns).

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