Narrative Writing

 

Theme

Most good stories have a theme. The theme is the big "life lesson" that the author is trying to teach you. In other words, it's the moral of the story. (moral = a lesson, especially one concerning what is right or prudent, that can be derived from a story, a piece of information, or an experience)

Here are some examples:

Of course, very few things are "universal truths" (things that everyone agrees with), and thus, it's easy to find books with contradictory themes. For example, one author might write a story that teaches the following lesson:

Meanwhile, another author might tell a story with the opposite theme:

Although these themes are hard to reconcile, each book may be fulfilling in its own way. In any case, a good story leaves us feeling like we've learned something valuable about life or human nature.

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