Theme Statement 1 word theme + what the book says about that theme specifically Example: Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha is about the importance of internal struggle on the path to enlightenment.
Which of these is a theme statement? • The Three Hermits is about prayer. • The Three Hermits is about three religious men learning to pray. • The Three Hermits is about the multiple ways that prayer can lead to God. • The Three Hermits is a story with a lot of religious images that help keep the reader interested.
Important questions: Example theme statement: The Cub is a story about the inevitability of change within family dynamics. • How would you support this theme statement in an essay? • What does the statement lead you to expect from the rest of the essay?
Progression of a theme statement Theme Theme statement (what does the book say specifically about the theme?) Evidence of how I know that statement is true (literary devices, specific episodes in the plot)