In many literary studies, themes are used to uncover the deeper meaning of a text. A theme acts as a locus of significance in a text. As such, it is important to choose a theme carefully when composing a paper. As themes cannot be applied to each text independently, it is necessary to consider whether the theme of a specific paper should be used in several texts or if a single theme would better express the author’s point of view on a given text. The major types of themes in literature include narration themes, description themes, character themes, plot themes, and subplot themes.
N narration themes are those which narrate the events in a story. These could be characters, places, objects, or time periods. For works which are primarily a character-driven narrative, a character-limited theme might be preferable. Examples of these themes are people in Love, Disappointment, Success, and Hate. These themes provide clear statements about what people experience and how they behave in specific situations. Thus, narrations are excellent examples of thematic elements.
Describing themes involves thinking about what all the elements in a story need to refer to. These might include narration, setting, and other elements which are necessary for the setting of the story. A descriptive theme can thus be a set of objects or events that give sufficient descriptions for anyone to understand what the theme is all about. Two examples of themes are Romeo and Shakespeare. Both of these themes deal with murder, madness, and revenge.
A plot theme, on the other hand, is one which drives the main idea of the text. This theme is usually related to a theme of importance like message or a cause. While it makes sense to use a plot theme when writing a story about a common idea, using a non-relevant theme will not only make the story less interesting, but it will also lose its meaning if it is too loosely expressed.
The main idea is what the theme refers to and the universal theme refers to all other themes that are important to the setting, narration, and plot development of the story. A general theme, on the other hand, may refer to anything from animals to business practices. A theme like “all men are animals” has little to do with real people, while “the best friend a man has is his dog” tells us a lot about human psychology. The idea that the main theme is universal applies to all themes but it can also apply to more specific ones. A theme like “the good man wins” is related to all other themes, so it is the main idea of any story about business, but it doesn’t actually describe anything.
The major difference between thematic concepts is that a thematic idea can have many levels of variation, so the theme depends on the level of variation of all other elements of the narrative, which are dependent on the main idea. A central concept, on the other hand, is fixed and cannot be changed unless the narration changes and alters other elements. The main difference between thematic concepts lies in their application. They are more or less the same, but their use is very different from one another.