Literary Themes and Topics

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The theme in a literary work is the central idea or ideas in which the entire work surrounds. Themes are broad in subject matter such – examples include: death, love, friendship, war, and several more that help set the stage for readers in seeking expectations. Either planned, or emerge through writing, themes are universally essential for all types of work in order to grasp and understand the matter at hand.

Topics of literature are subdivisions of a theme, in which the specificity of the subject becomes clear and expectations established. All content of the work cycles around the subject matter, preserving attention and consistency of the discourse. To differentiate theme from topic, themes may not be understood initially, therefore it is essential that the topic is in order to draw attention from the reader.

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