What is theme?
Theme is a universal idea that we take away from a book; often an experience that most, if not all of us, can relate to. It may be a life lesson or a deeper understanding of the human condition or something else. The theme often comes from how the main character grows or changes in the book, but not always.
How do I figure out the theme of a book?
What did you take away from the book when you finished it? If you can answer that question, you have probably discovered the theme of the book. You should be able to support the theme using examples from the book – scenes, dialogue (internal and between characters), etc.
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