What Does Theme Mean?

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As a noun, a theme is defined as the subject of a talk, a piece of writing or a person’s thoughts. In literature it is commonly known as an idea that recurs and pervades a piece of work, while in a musical composition it may be a prominent or frequently recurring melody or group of notes. Themes can occur anywhere from restaurants to parties, a work of art to an essay.

The term ‘theme’ is one that is most commonly used when talking about literature. In a story, a theme may be a broad idea, message or moral. Themes are more often implied than stated and can be messages about life, society or human nature. Some of the most popular themes in literature are the individual in nature, an individual’s relation to the gods, growth and initiation, time, death and alienation. Readers will often say that themes are one of the most important aspects of a piece of literature and can be the glue that holds a story together.

Within art, themes play a similar role. Artists, performers and film makers will all try to convey a message throughout their work to try and express some fundamental and universal ideas. The theme and message that an artist is trying to portray is completely open to negotiation by the public. Sometimes an artist may not intend to convey a certain message but viewers will interpret the art with a theme that relates to them. If an artist does try to include a theme into their work, it might not be one that is agreed on by critics and they may still choose to take from it what they see fit. In art, particularly contemporary art, themes are provided as a starting point for both artist and viewer. What is taken from the theme is solely in the eye of the beholder.
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Theme is the main idea of a passage
ex.   My name is kelly. I love to paint.  It is my favorite hobby. Everyone says my paintings are always interesting.   

    THE MAIN IDEA OF THIS PASSAGE IS TO INFORM YOU ABOUT KELLY'S FAVORITE HOBBY
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Theme is a word that denotes a broad idea or a message that is to be conveyed through a literary work. It refers to concepts from life, society or human nature and on any subject under the sun. It is the fundamental thought around which the entire work of literature is based on. It revolves around this thought or theme. The themes are not stated explicitly they are implied through the work and not stated in overt terms.

A work may one or more than one theme. It can be the idea of the story and a common issue is projected throughout the city. Themes are different from motifs because themes are conveyed through the medium of texts while motifs are denoted with the help of symbols. The theme is important while reviewing a literary work and determining its worth. This word is also related to works of theatre and film.
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Theme can mean the the main idea, eg. The idea for an internet website was o give people information about things, the "theme" is intelligence and answering questions
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The deep meaning or insight of a piece of fiction
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Subject or topic
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It is the topic of what your doing like
'the topic of your report is do plants grow in different types of light?'
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A theme is a subject or topic of discourse or of artistic representation; a specific and distinctive quality, characteristic, or concern; a written exercise; or a melodic subject of a musical composition or movement
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Themes is a word that donates idea or message that is to be conveyed through a literary work

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