Plot – Character – Theme
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.
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