Theme is the most important element in a work of literature because the theme is the literary work’s primary purpose. Topics in this video include what it is, how a subject differs from a theme, how theme is a model of the real world, and multiple ways to find a theme. Also discussed is why the ability to make abstract meaning from a model is one of the things that makes us human. Examples are used from The Lion King, Crime and Punishment, “If I Forget Thee, O Earth” by Arthur C. Clarke, and other sources.

Making meaning from literature—finding a theme—is one of the best things you can learn. Because it’s a real-world skill that will allow you to learn from experiences that someone else has had, that you haven’t actually experienced yourself—and in turn, you can apply that wisdom to your own life, to be a smarter and happier person.

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