A common confusion for students is
the difference between a topic and a
theme. While both relate to the overall
message of a story, teachers are often
particular about the distinction between
the two terms.
A topic is a category or label that relates
to a story. There most likely are multiple
topics that can the story can be labeled as.
The topic of a story can simply be stated
as love, sisterhood, greed, et cetera. A
topic can be compared to tags used online
to inform others what a post or picture is
In comparison, a theme is a more complete
message that a story may tell. Themes are
statements of more that a single word. An
example of a theme may be “Belief in yourself
will always result in success in the end” or
“Friends may turn their backs, but family
will always be there for you.” Like topics,
there will be more than one possible theme
of a story.
After having explained the distinction
between the two literary terms, I hope
you no longer see a gray area between
a topic and a theme.
The topic is “art” and “discovery.”
The theme is “Art can always be discovered
regardless of what you do.”
The blog is the Artistic Foundations.