Remember, a CentralTheme is not the same as AnAesop; a theme is a question, topic or concept that the text explores, while an Aesop is a conclusion the author reaches about the theme. As such, you should avoid phrasing your examples as conclusions.
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* ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'': At what point should you just abandon your dreams if it looks like you can't achieve them?
* ''Theatre/TheOresteia'': To which parent to do you owe greater love?
* ''[[Creator/HenrikIbsen The Wild Duck]]'': Some people live a lie but sometimes the lie is all they have.
* ''Theatre/ADollsHouse'': The inequalities and delusions between a man and a woman within marriage, and what effect these can have on the relationship between them.
* ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'': Love can be difficult, but also magical and beautiful
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': The pursuit of revenge and the things one loses along the way.
* ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'': What is the real role of women in marriage?
* ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'': [[RousingSpeech The persuasive power of the spoken word]].
* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': Jealousy.
* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': The cost of the pursuit of power.
* ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'': How personal issues and hangups can cloud one's judgment.
* ''Film/GlenGarryGlenRoss'': Persuasion.
** What it takes to make it in modern business, even if this means losing your soul in the process.
** No one stays on top forever.
* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': The price of young and reckless love.
* ''Theatre/KingLear'': How madness can corrupt and give wisdom.
* ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'': "All the world's a stage, and we are merely players."
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'': Religion can destroy people. Religion can turn someone to the side of the Devil. But it can also find the true goodness of a person that has been hidden.
** Also, people are bound and driven to find a scapegoat to avoid facing their own problems.
* ''Theatre/OedipusRex'': [[ScrewDestiny Can we avoid our fate]], or [[SelfFulfillingProphecy is there only one path we can walk down?]]
** ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'': What is more important: your duty to the state, or familial bonds? And how far will people go for each?
* ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'': Democracy can be corrupted by any asshole who chooses to do so.
* ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'': When a man acts upon revenge, and become part of its vicious cycle.
* ''Theatre/TimonOfAthens'': It is much better to be a misanthrope; you won't be hurt in the end.
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'': Avoiding responsibility.
* ''Film/CatOnAHotTinRoof'': What's left for a man [[BrokenPedestal with no one else to look up to?]]
* ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': How should a man really treat a woman?
* ''Theatre/HeddaGabler'': Freedom from societal and [[TheUnfettered moral]] constraints.
* ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'': Living in a fantasy world versus living in the real one.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Obsession, and how it drives you mad.
** Or, according to [[WordOfGod Christopher Bond]], love, and the lengths people will go to because of it.
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'': The consequences of giving in to temptation and letting others dominate you.
* TheManWhoHadAllTheLuck: Luck's Guilt
* ''Ghosts'': The ideals of the old will come to haunt to new. Also, the sins of the father haunt the sons.
* TheFlies: One's true freedom starts at the absolution of guilt.
* ''Film/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' - Is man just a victim of his fate?
* ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' - The price one must pay for one's deeds.
* ''Theatre/RichardII'' - Do the ends justify the means?
* ''HenryIV'' - How a quality of a man is measured by the company he keeps.
** The relationships between fathers and sons.
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'': Hiding away from the world.
* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'': The fleeting nature of fame.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': Good intentions can still have terrible ramifications, and that true friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places.
* ''Theatre/{{Medea}}'': Jealousy can be a deadly emotion.
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'': The UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution was started by flawed humans, not creatures of enlightened perfection, and it was not a ForegoneConclusion in the slightest.
* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2013 musical): The transformative power of imagination.
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': Finding hope in a hopeless situation.
* ''Music/{{Evita}}'': The one thing showbusiness and politics have in common: showmanship.