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Themes in Literature List & Flashcards

Themes in Literature List & Flashcards
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Identify the Theme:

In The Monkey's Paw, a man has a wish-granting monkey's paw and ask for money. He then finds out his son was killed at his job which leads to a huge payment to the family.

Be careful what you wish for; it might come true
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Identify the Theme:

In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi challenges and beats a pair of undefeated cobras because he refuses to fear the cobras or give up the fight.

Don't back down or give up
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Fill in the Blank:

For a piece of literature to remain popular over time, it needs to have _____ through a meaningful theme.

depth
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Fill in the blank:

If there is no deeper meaning, or theme, in a piece of literature, the writing tends to be _____.

shallow
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Universal Theme
Deals with common and unifying human experiences, regardless of individual differences, such as race, language, religion, love etc.
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Fill in the blank:

A theme usually transcends _____ barriers.

cultural
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Theme
The central message, specific philosophy of life, or main point that an author is trying to communicate to the audience in any type of literature
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This flashcard sets helps explain what exactly someone means when they ask for the theme of a novel, play, fable, story, or poem. The set breaks down how themes help make a piece of literature worth reading, as well as test your knowledge of various universal themes from well-known works.

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Theme
The central message, specific philosophy of life, or main point that an author is trying to communicate to the audience in any type of literature

Fill in the blank:

A theme usually transcends _____ barriers.

cultural
Universal Theme
Deals with common and unifying human experiences, regardless of individual differences, such as race, language, religion, love etc.

Fill in the blank:

If there is no deeper meaning, or theme, in a piece of literature, the writing tends to be _____.

shallow

Fill in the Blank:

For a piece of literature to remain popular over time, it needs to have _____ through a meaningful theme.

depth

Identify the Theme:

In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi challenges and beats a pair of undefeated cobras because he refuses to fear the cobras or give up the fight.

Don't back down or give up

Identify the Theme:

In The Monkey's Paw, a man has a wish-granting monkey's paw and ask for money. He then finds out his son was killed at his job which leads to a huge payment to the family.

Be careful what you wish for; it might come true

Identify the Theme:

In Flowers for Algernon, a character has a disability but undergoes a surgery that makes him very smart. In the end, an event causes him to return to his former state.

People shouldn't play God

Identify the Theme:

'I'd rather smell of musty, green stench

than of sweet, fragrant lilac.

If I could stand alone, strong and free,

I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed.'

-Julio Noboa Identity

Be yourself or 'individual versus society'

Identify the Theme:

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the main character manipulates her husband into killing a king, but her guilty conscience causes her to go insane.

Crime never pays or 'good versus evil'
Central Idea
The main point an author is trying to convey in his or her argument or story; a simple way of saying the theme of a story
Fable
Stories that are generally short in length and often featuring talking animals. Fables teach a lesson, which is also the theme, and are a great starting place for understanding themes.

Identify the Theme:

In The Tortoise and the Hare, a rabbit and a turtle are racing. The turtle goes slow, but never stops moving, and beats the fast rabbit who had to take a nap halfway.

Slow and steady wins the race

Identify the Theme:

In The Outsiders, a young and good-hearted character ends up in a situation that causes him to kill a member of a rival group, and his childhood is suddenly over.

Loss of innocence

Identify the Theme:

In The Great Gatsby, the main character is infatuated with a young woman he can never be with, which eventually leads to his demise.

Consequences of love the desire or unreturned love

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