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Title: Genre vs. Theme


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  • Genre vs. Theme

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Whats the difference?
  • Lets first look at genre

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Genre is a category of artistic composition
    marked by a distinctive style, form, or content.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Think of genre as a category in literature.
  • Can you think of any?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • tragedy, comedy, farce, mystery, poetry,
    fiction, non-fiction, etc
  • These are all genres.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • In film there are similar genres such as
    tragedy, comedy, farce, westerns, science
    fiction, fantasy, documentary, etcthese are all
    genres.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Now lets look at theme.
  • When asked to look at theme think of message.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • What life lessons can be learned by watching the
    character handle the conflict?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Theme is defined as a topic of discussion
    subject of artistic representation an implicit
    or recurrent idea a motif

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Theme can be issues of loyalty, vengeance,
    unrequited love, redemption,

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Genre vs. Theme
  • There are universal themes. Youll find these
    themes reoccurring over and over again.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Universal themes
  • come from emotions
  • and transcend (cut-through)
  • culture, gender, age, geography,
  • historical period, and genres.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Universal themes come from such topics or as

-Acceptance -Beauty -Betrayal -Death -Deception
-Despair -Education -Envy
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Genre vs. Theme
  • More topics from which we get universal themes

-Fear -Family -Faith -Freedom -Friendship -G
reed -Hatred -Hope
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Genre vs. Theme
  • Even more topics from which we get universal
    themes

-Honesty -Identity -Innocence -Justice -Law
-Love -Money -Nature
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Genre vs. Theme
  • and more topics from which we get universal
    themes

-Peace -Poverty -Pride -Revenge -Sacrifice
-Time -Truth -War
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Genre vs. Theme
  • Remember genre?
  • Lets think about genre again.
  • Think about a story you know.
  • Got one?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • What genre
  • would you place your story in?
  • What was the theme?
  • These are separate things and we need to know the
    difference.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Lets look at genre again.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Star Wars belongs to a
  • genre. Can you guess which one?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Thats right!
  • Science Fiction.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Harry Potter belongs to a
  • genre. Can you guess which one?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Thats right!
  • Fantasy.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • The Simpons belongs to a
  • genre. Can you guess which one?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • We call it satire, which is usually loaded with
    social commentary.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Now lets look at theme using the context of our
    last examples.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Star Wars has many theme topics. Can you guess
    some?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Thats right!
  • love, loyalty, persecution, freedom, and
    redemption,
  • just to name a few.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Harry Potter has several theme topics. Can you
    guess a few?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Thats right!
  • family, loss, love, community, and friendship,
    just to name a few.

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Genre vs. Theme
  • Even the Simpsons has theme topics. Can you
    guess some?

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Genre vs. Theme
  • You guessed it love, loyalty, persecution,
    freedom, redemption, family, loss, community,
    friendship and even corruption.
  • .

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Figuring out THEMES
  • Brainstorm theme topics by using the strategy,
    Most Important Word.

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Figuring Out Themes
  • After reading a story, think about concepts.
    These are words that cannot be experienced with
    your senses, but are ideas.
  • Ask yourself What is a most important word of
    this story?
  • Then, create a brainstorming tree and jot down
    the concept words.

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Developing a Theme Statement
  • Themes are not one word topics.
  • Themes are messages about the one word topics.
  • For example Acceptance
  • In Freak the Mighty, the characters, Kevin
    and Max, learn that acceptance of each others
    strengths and weaknesses deepens their friendship
    and helps develop stronger self-confidence and
    abilities.

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Developing a Theme Statement
  • Themes are not one word topics.
  • Themes are messages about the one word topics.
  • Example Perseverance
  • Cinderella perseveres even though her life is
    filled with unfortunate difficulties. She
    remains hard-working and kind. As a result of
    her perseverance, she is visited by a fairy
    god-mother who rewards her. As a result of
    perseverance, the prince finds his lost love.

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How to develop your theme topic
  • Ask yourself what was the result (of your most
    important word) for the main character.
  • How does the character develop and grow?
  • What is the universal message that a reader can
    apply to his or her own life? What was the
    authors purpose?
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