The theme is a recurring element throughout literature, movies, and art, which offers the reader/viewer a deeper meaning, a deeper understanding about fundamental ideas in life, and a moral or life lesson.
When writing about the theme, the writer should keep in mind that he/she will write an analysis of a theme that appears in either a text or movie that argues a specific point. The writer's aim in this type of essay is to pick a theme from a text or movie and write about what that theme does for the story or what that theme makes the reader realize about that story and/or life itself. The best way to come up with such an argument and analysis is for the writer to apply the theme of the story to his or her own life. The writer should think about what the theme makes him or her realize about the text or life. The following steps provide a step-by-step format to follow when writing a theme analysis essay. Steps 1 through 5 contain all the ingredients that the writer should follow when writing a theme analysis essay. Think of all the ingredients as a cooking recipe for each paragraph.
Follow the format/recipe for an INTRODUCTION to a theme analysis essay.
a) Write about 3-4 sentences that provide a brief summary of the piece of literature or movie.
b) Write 3-4 sentences that introduce the reader to one important theme that occurs in the text or movie. Be sure to mention what the theme is, and be sure to define that theme. (Note: there may be more than one theme in the text or movie, but be sure to only pick one so that your essay will be nice and focused).
c) Write a 1-2 sentence thesis. Your thesis will tell the reader what the analysis of this theme will reveal about the text or movie. Write your thesis in an analytical argumentative way. Tell what the theme makes the reader realize about one aspect of the text or movie, such as a