Questions tagged [theme]

Questions about themes of one or more works of literature, i.e. central ideas that unify a literary work.

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Is artists leaving their art forever a significant theme in R. K. Narayan's writing?

While reading the 1982 collection Malgudi Days of R. K. Narayan short stories, I noticed a common theme appearing in several of them, namely that of an artist who leaves their creative work behind ...
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Are “the meaning of life”, art, and in particular “the life of an artist” themes in Chekhov's drama “The Seagull”?

Are "the meaning of life", art, and in particular "the life of an artist" themes in Chekhov's drama "The Seagull"?
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Common reoccurring themes in The Canterbury Tales?

I'm currently reading The Canterbury Tales for school and I'm struggling to find a common reoccurring theme for the tales. More specifically the Wife of Bath and Prioress tales. I thought about ...
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What is the theme of “The Deserted Road” by Sheila Burnford?

This is part of the novel, The Incredible Journey, but I want to figure out the theme for this short excerpt. It is shown that the animals have human-like intelligence, and as a result chose to leave ...
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How is the theme of innocence featured in the Turn of the Screw?

I noticed that in the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, there is a theme of innocence. It's really shown through how the governess perceives Miles and Flora at first, but then as she ...
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Did James Joyce focus more on literary style and methods but a little less deep focus on the main content?

I started reading James Joyce with his poetry Pomes Penyeach and then I went for some short stories in Dubliners. I found that the style and the sudden change of contents (as especially in The Dead) ...
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What theme best links to the moment when one of the Martians is destroyed by artillery fire?

In The War of the Worlds, in Book 1 Chapter 12, one of the Martians is destroyed by artillery fire. Among all the themes that are prominent in the book, which theme would link to this moment best? I ...