Theme, simple – A story’s theme is its emotional point, around which the narrative action revolves cataphatically. The theme is verboten, meaning it can’t be said: In good writing, the theme is never stated within the story. This is because the theme is the emotional effect on the reader produced by the story. A microwave [...]

How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book – There are four huge domains to explore when reading a book, especially a novel or collection of stories, for a college humanities class. These are: Theme – Emotional insight, expressible as a single sentence or short paragraph. Specific elements in the story lead to a universal insight Structure – [...]