Monday, 21 April 2014

Themes

From the point in time that humans decided to tell stories, we have been conveying themes through words. There are only so many themes to write about, and these themes reappear all the time - in movies, novels, comics, cartoons, etc. Some of the themes that I find to be most common are love, friendship, death (or mortality), family, power and words.

But why are these themes always there? What makes them so special? Why do we care?

Themes are subjective and can be put up for discussion. Themes are like images, they portray opinions. Just because something looks one way from this angle doesn't mean it will look like that from a
different angle. Theme is all based around perspective. Themes are relatable and themes can make you feel emotions that you didn't know you possessed the ability to feel (in my case this is often extreme rage, happiness or sadness).

And most importantly, themes deal with things we don't yet understand. Where exactly do we go when we die? Why do we have to die? Is it possible to live forever? Why do we love? How powerful is love? Themes make us think and ponder and try to dig deeper. Everytime we find out new information about them, there are more questions to ask.

People are constantly trying to figure out the 'secrets of life' (call it that if you like). It's our thirst for knowledge that prompts these themes to return again and again. 

4 comments:

  1. Yes, "Themes are subjective and can be put up for discussion." Very well put. I love this idea that while themes are predictable and reoccurring, what we think about them and how we present them is always chagong based on how we see the world.

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  2. I agree with what you have to say. Theme is all about perspective. They are often relatable and I think that this is one of the reasons that we keep going back to them as well. The emotions we feel (like you said) and the familiar thoughts about these themes makes us want to dig deeper and keep finding out about them.

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    1. I love the idea of returning and digging deeper. I am obsessed with this image of exploration and mining for the truth! Using themes as our tunnels and books as our tools and pic axes.

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  3. I agree with what you have to say about "Its our thirst for knowledge that prompts these themes to return again and again." and I think the theme is a topic that can be discussed upon a lot.....

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