A theme is a message or main idea that the writer wants the reader to remember after reading his/her work. Most stories, plays, novels, and poems have more than one theme. Some works, like mysteries, might be intended primarily for entertainment and not have a clear theme.
What is a Thematic Statement
A thematic statement is a complete sentence (or two) that express a theme. A thematic statement could serve as a thesis in a thematic essay.
What is a theme NOT?
1. A theme is not ONE WORD. That is a topic.
Bad example 1: The theme was love. NO!
2. A theme is not a definition
Bad example 2: Love is when you have feelings for someone. NO!