How can subtle, hidden themes be explained when writing about a work of literature?

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How can subtle, hidden themes be explained when writing about a work of literature?

Writing About Theme:

A theme, by definition, is generally not stated directly in a work of fiction, but must be discerned from the action of the plot, character analysis, and the interaction between characters. A theme is the underlying message of the text.

Answer and Explanation:

Some themes are particularly hard to pinpoint. Novels that feature an unreliable narrator, for example, can confuse the reader about what the author...

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How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

from Common Core ELA Grade 8 - Literature: Standards

Chapter 2 / Lesson 3
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