A story's theme is its underlying meaning, or'main concept. ' In other words, what fundamental life belief is the author attempting to transmit through the creation of a novel, play, short story, or poem? This notion or belief crosses cultural boundaries. It is frequently found in nature. The oak tree is an example of a living organism that lives for many years while growing only within one season - winter - when it produces acorns, which are food available only during that year for animals who will eat them. The oak survives because its offspring are able to replace the parent tree and continue the process of reproduction.
Other stories with themes include: Aesop's Fables (such as "The Ant and the Grasshopper" and "The Fox and the Grapes") that deal with moral principles; myths (such as those from around the world) that tell us about human origins or the origin of things physical or metaphysical; legends (such as those about King Arthur or Sinbad) that recount adventures that range from true to fantastical; novels (such as David Copperfield or Moby Dick) that document real events but also include characters and settings created by the author; plays (like Hamlet or Macbeth) that use dialogue to reveal information about the characters and their environment; poems (like "The Raven" or "To Be Or Not To Be") that communicate ideas through images and language.
Once you've determined the storyline, setting, characters, and conflict of a tale, you may start on determining its theme. The theme is the "main concept" or underlying meaning of the tale. Some tales have only one theme, while others can have many. For example, "The Little Engine That Could" is about courage and confidence even when faced with adversity. It's also about forgiveness and hope.
Some stories are told to convey a moral lesson, such as "If you want to win friends and influence people, give them something useful." Other stories are told for entertainment purposes, such as "Ghost stories help us deal with our fears of the unknown." Still other stories are told to make us laugh, such as "The Ugly Duckling" or "Honey I shrunk my wife."
In order to determine the theme of your story, you need to understand what kind of tale it is. This will help you select the right tools for analyzing it. If you know at the outset that the story is fictional, then you don't need to use any specific method to find its theme; you can just write it down as soon as the idea comes to you. If the story is non-fictional, however, you'll need to use one of the methods described below to analyze it.
In a short narrative, the theme is the fundamental concept or belief. It can be stated in one sentence: "The theme of Romeo and Juliet is love." The theme can also be described as a general idea or feeling that runs through a work of literature.
A short story's main purpose is to tell a good tale that keeps the reader interested, so it would not make sense for the story to include major themes from philosophy, politics, or other subjects. However, many short stories do deal with more serious issues in a subtle way that allows them to get under your skin. Issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, and war are some examples of major themes found in short stories.
Some writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Daphne du Maurier use horror as a tool for exploring important ideas. By frightening the reader, they force him/her to confront their own fears and anxieties about life, death, love, hate, etc. This is why horror stories are so effective -- because we all have things inside us that we don't want others to know about!
Other writers, such as Joseph Conrad and Isaac Asimov, use drama to explore important ideas.