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A theme is a broad idea, message, or moral of a piece of writing. The message may be about life, society, or human nature. Themes often explore timeless and universal ideas and are almost always implied rather than stated explicitly. Along with plot, character, setting, and style, theme is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction.[1]

TechniquesEdit

Various techniques may be used to express many more themes.

LeitwortstilEdit

Leitwortstil is the purposeful saying of words throughout a literary piece that usually expresses a motif or theme important to the story. This device dates back to the One Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights, which connects several tales together in a story cycle. The storytellers of the tales relied on this technique "to shape the constituent members of their story cycles into a coherent whole."[2]Template:Verify source This technique is also used frequently in Hebrew narratives.[3]

Thematic patterningEdit

Thematic patterning is "the distribution of recurrent thematic concepts and moralistic motifs among the various incidents and frames of a story. Thematic patterning may be arranged so as to emphasize the unifying argument or salient idea which disparate events and disparate frames have in common". This technique also dates back to the One Thousand and One Nights.[2]Template:Verify source

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ReferencesEdit

  • Obstfeld, Raymond (2002), Fiction First Aid: Instant Remedies for Novels, Stories and Scripts, Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, ISBN 158297117x 

NotesEdit

  1. Obstfeld, 2002, p. 1, 65, 115, 171.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Heath, Peter (May 1994), "Reviewed work(s) Story-Telling Techniques in the Arabian Nights by David Pinault", International Journal of Middle East Studies (Cambridge University Press) 26 (2): 358–360 [359–60] 
  3. Alter, Robert, Art of Biblical Narrative, pp. 92–95 

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