Finding the theme of a passage
Just as your birthday party has a ‘superheroes’ or a ‘princess’ theme, passages have themes too!
Let’s understand what the theme in a passage is!
The theme in a passage or story is its underlying message, or the ‘overarching thought’.
That critical belief about life which the author is trying to convey in the writing of a novel, play or passage is its theme.
The themes may vary, but for finding them we follow the same method.
Let’s see how to do this!
Themes are usually found in the opening or closing lines.
We can see that the author talks about courage at the beginning and at the end. So the theme can be ‘being courageous’.
If we see a repetition of some words in the text, that is a clue that it could be the theme.
We can see that the words for doing (do, don’t, done) are repeated and contrasted with friendship which is the theme.
Themes are usually related to some great ideas. Let’s look at an example.
The passage seems to highlight the importance of honesty and integrity. So, the theme could be ‘betraying a friend can hurt you’.
Sometimes, the author’s view leads us towards the theme. Let’s look at an example.
In the passage, the author thinks that counting time for everything makes us fearful; the theme can be 'setting priorities/valuing time'.
Let’s try to find the theme of the following passage.
Let’s find the theme of the given passage.
If we read the first and the last lines of the passage, it is very clear that the topic is related to women. The author strongly favors the education of women.
The meaning of “they will justify their abilities” is reflected in option 4 through the keywords “to prove their worth.”
If you selected option 4, you are right!
Theme is the central message or perception in a passage.
We can identify themes by asking a few questions (analyzing).
Let’s start finding the theme!