On The Craft: Exploring Themes and Symbols

Plot – Character – Theme

Kathy Lauren Miller

Exploring Story Themes & Symbols

Another element of a story is its Theme

Simply put, the Theme is why the plot happens.

Theme can take a story from the commonplace to the extraordinary.

Theme is the exploration and understanding of emotions that impact both the characters and the reader on a universal level.

Breaking down Themes: Beyond the personal, emotional level.

Theme as defined by Fiction First Aid, Raymond Obstfeld

  • Plot is what happens
  • Character is whom the plot happens to
  • Theme is why the plot happens

A Universal Theme impacts the reader on an intellectual level which may stimulate the reader to examine his/her own view of self or the world at large.

A Universal Theme patterns the plot in a way that has something in common with readers: love, desire, hope, relationships, fear and death.

→Stories that arouse only emotion are Melodramas which tend to be superficial, not…

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About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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1 Response to On The Craft: Exploring Themes and Symbols

  1. Hi A L Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad you like my article. Kathy Lauren Miller


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