A books theme is not the same as its plot or its moral lesson but these elements are related all necessary in building the larger story the plot of a novel is the action that takes place within the course of the narrative the moral is the lesson that the reader is supposed to learn from the plots conclusion. The theme of a short story differs from the moral of a story or fable in one significant way unlike a moral or lesson about how to behave a short story theme is a general message about life or human nature that the author wants to convey another way to think about theme is that it is the authors truth revealed . Before you attempt to identify the theme of a work you must have read the work and you should understand at least the basics of the plot characterizations and other literary elementsspend some time thinking about the main subjects covered in work. Identifying the theme in five steps to identify the theme be sure that youve first identified the storys plot the way the story uses characterization and the primary conflict in the story use these steps to determine the theme for a work 1 summarize the plot by writing a one sentence description for the
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