anonymous
  • anonymous
How does a reader determine theme within the text?
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anonymous
  • anonymous
How does a reader determine theme within the text?
sandra
  • sandra
hmmm, can you tell us the text? it may help to walk through an example
anonymous
  • anonymous
night by elie wiesel

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sandra
  • sandra
but the theme is basically the broad idea or moral of a story or paragraph
sandra
  • sandra
for example the theme of cartoons is usually "be nice to your friends"
sandra
  • sandra
let me see
sandra
  • sandra
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/night
sandra
  • sandra
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/night/themes.html
anonymous
  • anonymous
but how do you determine theme within the text? like what do you look for?
sandra
  • sandra
"Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work."
sandra
  • sandra
Usually it is the moral of the story, or something that is emphasized consistently by the story itself. For example if you read a story about three people that steal for a living, and for all three of them stealing comes back to haunt them in different ways (e.g. arrested, more stolen back, etc...) - then you would see a commonality between parts of the story - that "stealing is bad"
sandra
  • sandra
Nowhere does the author necessarily state that stealing is bad - but rather shows that throughout
anonymous
  • anonymous
what sticks out so that you can find the theme inside?
sandra
  • sandra
well, for a story, you may want to search for what the struggles of the main character, what are they usually about, what does the main character have to resolve at the end of the story.
anonymous
  • anonymous
alright that helps a lot actually. thank you
sandra
  • sandra
according to sparknotes, the main character in night has to resolve her "faith in a Benevolent God" (sorry I haven't read it). So there are probably many instances throughout the book where she questions whether or not God is real or good due to events that happen, but by the end of the story, her lack of faith is resolved in some way
sandra
  • sandra
ok no problem! good luck!

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