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Multiple Meanings
theme — 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
theme — as in:  musical theme

I smile every time I hear the Simpson’s theme music.
the initial or primary melody of a musical composition


(as in "theme song") music that is most repeated in a film, television series, or other theatrical production

More rarely, theme can refer to an essay or paper written by a student.
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