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as in:  theme of the novel


The party had a 1950’s theme.
  a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done — especially in a literary or artistic work
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  • The party had a 1950’s theme.
  • What is the theme of your essay?
  • And if death, and sorrow, and the inexplicable joy that comes from triumph over death and sorrow, if these themes are predominant in my work, past and future, it is because they dominate my memory.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • The dominant themes in letters were homesickness and a longing for peace.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • While reading up on his life in preparation for this award, I came upon a passage that he wrote that seemed particularly consistent with the themes I touched on earlier, ... Not just the nature of kindness, but the nature of one’s kindness. The power of one’s friendship. The test of one’s character. The strength of one’s courage—
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • He is always making mix tapes for my sister with very specific themes. One was called "Autumn Leaves."
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The theme is darkness—people who live in darkness.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • I wondered for a long time how to start that theme, how to start writing about something that was important to me.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • Rosaleen offered to bake the wedding cake layers, and Violet and Queenie were going to decorate it with a "rainbow theme."
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • The theme of parallel sacrifice with the patriots of 1776 punctuated the letters of many Union soldiers.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • I found less evidence of the "rich man’s war / poor man’s fight" attitude in soldiers’ letters than I expected, given the prevalence of this theme in recent scholarship.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Others were, however—especially on the theme of the Union as a beacon light of liberty for the oppressed in their homelands.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Officers from upper— or middle-class backgrounds were the most likely to voice this law-and-order theme.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The theme of punishment for treason became more prevalent as the war dragged on.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Didn’t you notice they changed the theme of the New Year Art Show? In past years fifth graders painted self-portraits, but this year they made us do those ridiculous self-portraits as animals, remember?
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Writing from the trenches before Petersburg and Atlanta and from active fronts elsewhere during 1864, enlisted men echoed the theme of weariness but determination to see it through.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • ...themes I’ve been ruminating upon all year long.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • The difference between officers and enlisted men was smaller for Union soldiers: 78 percent of officers and 61 percent of enlisted men expressed patriotism; 49 and 36 percent, respectively, advanced various ideological themes, including opposition to slavery.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Several soldiers rang changes on the theme expressed by a New York private: "Thank God . the contest is now between Slavery & freedom, & every honest man knows what he is fighting for."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • his letters were always on the theme of love
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