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3rd Sep '17 10:51:02 AM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonStorySinnohJourney'': The precarious balance between your personal goals and your friendships that may or may be related to them.

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* ''Fanfic/PokemonStorySinnohJourney'': The precarious balance between your personal goals and your friendships that may or may not be related to them.
3rd Sep '17 10:50:14 AM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonStorySinnohJourney'': The precarious balance between your personal goals and your friendships that may or may be related to them.
10th Aug '17 8:44:40 AM johnnycade7
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* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' in general: How not to teach something. It's widely speculated that the series is also about how the media conditions children to think in certain ways.

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* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' in general: How not to teach something. It's widely speculated that the series is also about how the The media conditions children to think in certain ways.ways that are manipulative and unhealthy. Learn to think for yourself.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic: Amidst the movie riffing, “actions have consequences and you need to deal with it”. Made especially obvious after [[ILetGwenStacyDie Ma-Ti's death]] in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.
** Also, many of his videos (especially later ones) highlight the dangers of fanaticism and nostalgia. Pointing out that most things are not perfect and that there are more important things in life than what you watched as a kid.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic: Amidst the movie riffing, “actions have consequences and you need to deal with it”. Made especially obvious after [[ILetGwenStacyDie Ma-Ti's death]] in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.
** Also, many of his videos (especially later ones) highlight the dangers of fanaticism and nostalgia. Pointing out that most Most things are not perfect and that there are more important things in life than what you watched as a kid.
26th Jul '17 9:13:43 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Most instrumental music (symphonies, concertos, suites) uses the term ''main theme'' in this way. This musical theme is the core of the whole movement or even the whole symphony. Played straight in programmatical music, like ''Symphonie Phantastique'' by Hector Berlioz, where the central theme is the ''idee fixe'' symbolizing the LostLenore. Dmitrij Shostakhovitch also played with this, as some of his symphonies were statements in their own right (The "Central Theme" of the Leningrad Symphony is a recurring melody symbolizing the German advance).
18th Jul '17 11:06:56 PM DinoJungle
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* ''WebAnimation/BeeandPuppyCat'': Facing the adult world with idealism.
2nd Jun '17 1:03:50 PM Polokun
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': Is it possible to escape the machinations and schemes of those in power?
9th May '17 2:42:47 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Most of the songs by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel are about a failure to communicate with one another. Becomes HarsherInHindsight given the duo's split, of course.
28th Apr '17 9:00:12 AM Golondrina
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* A recurring idea in the ''{{Walkyverse}}'' is hypocrisy. It's most obvious in CharacterDevelopment, where someone will realize they've been acting hypocritically, but it also shows up in smaller ways - [[{{Jerkass}} Mike's]] favoured technique for inducing suffering is pointing out when someone is being hugely hypocritical (usually by painfully enforcing their own logic), one-shots in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' tend to focus on hypocritical fan logic, etc.

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* A recurring idea in the ''{{Walkyverse}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}'' is hypocrisy. It's most obvious in CharacterDevelopment, where someone will realize they've been acting hypocritically, but it also shows up in smaller ways - [[{{Jerkass}} Mike's]] favoured technique for inducing suffering is pointing out when someone is being hugely hypocritical (usually by painfully enforcing their own logic), one-shots in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' tend to focus on hypocritical fan logic, etc.
27th Mar '17 12:35:54 PM ASTOL01
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The necessity of teamwork for survival.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The necessity of teamwork for survival.survival, and the challenges of being a kid and growing up.
17th Feb '17 4:40:41 AM DoctorNemesis
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Different from AnAesop in that the CentralTheme is often a question or a general topic rather than a direct precept or conclusion. For example, "ThePowerOfFriendship" or (even better) "The struggles of sustaining ThePowerOfFriendship in a cold, harsh world" are themes in that they are questions or issues that the author wants the reader to think about, whereas "ThePowerOfFriendship will ultimately overcome all obstacles" is AnAesop in that it is a lesson or conclusion the author wants the reader to take away from the work. Of course, there can be a fine line between them, and the central theme can and often is used to develop and deliver the Aesop, but they are not strictly speaking the same; the reader may disagree with the author's Aesop, but the work will still be about the Central Theme whether they disagree or not.

A good place to start thinking about the theme of the work is the conflict it depicts; what is the overall conflict of the work, where is it stemming from, and what questions does this conflict give rise to?

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Different from AnAesop in that the CentralTheme is often a question or a general topic rather than a direct precept or conclusion. For example, "ThePowerOfFriendship" or (even better) "The struggles of sustaining ThePowerOfFriendship in a cold, harsh world" are themes in that they are questions or issues that the author is interested in exploring and[=/=]or wants the reader to think about, whereas "ThePowerOfFriendship will ultimately overcome all obstacles" is AnAesop in that it is a lesson or conclusion the author wants the reader to take away from the work. Of course, there can be a fine line between them, and the central theme can and often is used to develop and deliver the Aesop, but they are not strictly speaking the same; same.

Using our example above as a demonstration,
the writer may have constructed a story that examines the difficulties of sustaining ThePowerOfFriendship in a cold, harsh world (theme), only to ultimately come to the conclusion that ThePowerOfFriendship will always prevail (Aesop). The reader may disagree with the author's Aesop, conclusion, in that they might not agree that ThePowerOfFriendship will always prevail -- but whether they disagree with the author's conclusion or not, the work will still be about the difficulties of sustaining ThePowerOfFriendship and there's nothing the reader can do to change that. Even if the reader gets so incensed that they write their ''own'' story that comes to the conclusion that ThePowerOfFriendship will ''not'' always prevail, the story they've just read will ''always'' be about the difficulties of sustaining ThePowerOfFriendship no matter what.

Put simply -- the Aesop is the what the author wants the reader to ''learn''. The
Central Theme whether they disagree or not.

is what the story is fundamentally ''about''.

A good place to start thinking about the theme of the work is the conflict it depicts; what is the overall conflict of the work, where is it stemming from, and what questions or thinking points does this conflict give rise to?
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