Theme refers to the story’s underlying
message, or 'big idea.' In other words, what
ideas/beliefs/perception about life is the
author trying to convey through the story or
It transcends cultural barriers as it is usually
universal in nature. It will revolve around life
and human experiences (love, friendship,
honesty, war, poverty etc). Often, a story or
poem may have more than one theme.
Theme is revealed through title, key phrases
or statements about big ideas, the way
characters change and learn about the
lessons of life.
It is not directly presented but one can infer
the theme through the characters, action, and
setting that make up the story.
The theme is not the topic but the point that
is made by the author about the topic.
It teaches you a valuable lesson about life.