History Main / CentralTheme

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?
27th Jan '17 6:59:01 AM SkyHavenPath13
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* ''WebAnimation/RWBY'': "Victory is in a simple soul."

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* ''WebAnimation/RWBY'': ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': "Victory is in a simple soul."
12th Nov '16 3:57:50 PM GeminiStar
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* WebVideo/CriticalRole explores the importance and impact of family on a lot of different levels both positive and negative, as well as in terms of blood relations versus or compared with your FamilyOfChoice.
** A secondary theme on the importance of forgiveness for those who have hurt you and for your own past mistakes has also developed between several of the main characters, particularly as the all-but-stated driving theme of [[spoiler:Percy and Vex’ahlia’s]] romantic subplot.
11th Nov '16 6:45:19 AM HighCrate
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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: GirlsNeedRoleModels as a trope is more damaging than it seems, and female characters can and should be flawed and interesting.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: GirlsNeedRoleModels PositiveDiscrimination as a trope is more damaging than it seems, and female characters can and should be flawed and interesting.
31st Oct '16 2:02:45 PM Romancechina999
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* In Fanfic/CodeGeassColorlessMemories there is an undercurrent theme in the main character Rai's arc in regards to what exactly he is looking for in his search for his memories, what his future could be and [[spoiler: The truth behind his past]].
** There's also a recurring symbolic them of the moon and the color blue in many of Rai's internal thoughts. All of which seems to have some correlation with his contractor [[spoiler: E.E]]. Who has blue hair, wears silver clothes and has a moon generating a blue aura around herself.
** The meaning of truth and facing certain uncomfortable truths as well.
29th Oct '16 2:14:07 PM DustSnitch
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* WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment: The things you love may not be as perfect as you thought, but that's no reason to not love them anymore.

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* WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment: The things you love may not be as perfect as you thought, but that's no reason to not love them anymore.[[/folder]]

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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.
** "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared": Creativity can be a dangerous thing when repressed and then let loose.
** "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 - TIME": Time will pass, no matter how one distracts him or herself, and take us in the end.
** "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3": Love is not something that should be forced upon someone.
** "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4": Technology can often distract us from its actual purpose and trap us within it.
** "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5": Health and fitness experts are often ignorant, self-contradicting and exploit their audiences.
** Subverted in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 6," which is initially about Dreams, but quickly shifts clear to focus on the series's general central theme.


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* WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment: The things you love may not be as perfect as you thought, but that's no reason to not love them anymore.
27th Oct '16 3:23:57 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': Being {{Badass}} [[DeconstructedTrope doesn't mean you'll have good life]] -- most manly guys have strong problems with adjusting to normal life and traits that made them badasses in their games and shows only get in the way in normal life.

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* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': Being {{Badass}} badass [[DeconstructedTrope doesn't mean you'll have good life]] -- most manly guys have strong problems with adjusting to normal life and traits that made them badasses in their games and shows only get in the way in normal life.
24th Oct '16 8:33:52 PM trentongm
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* UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}}: Family.
14th Sep '16 9:55:05 AM mrnickname
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** Acceptance of fate.
10th Sep '16 12:39:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Buddhism}}: The search for inner peace and contentment.

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* {{Buddhism}}: UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}: The search for inner peace and contentment.



* {{Islam}}: Peace through submission to God.
* {{Christianity}}: Salvation and Redemption.

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* {{Islam}}: UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}: Peace through submission to God.
* {{Christianity}}: UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}: Salvation and Redemption.



* {{Judaism}}: Man as God's partner in sanctifying the world.

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* {{Judaism}}: UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}: Man as God's partner in sanctifying the world.



* Satanism: Gratification.

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* Satanism: UsefulNotes/{{Satanism}}: Gratification.
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