Sunday, February 22, 2015
FOLLOWING THE THEME....Unlocking the Secrets
Once a scholar seems to have an understanding of what theme is, then comes the fun of finding them. That's right, them. Very seldom to you find a novel that has only one. Of course, there may be an overriding theme, an "umbrella" theme, but there are often many others lining up, hidden amongst the words and phrases, intermingling with the dialogue, waiting to be uncovered to sweeten the story.
You will be assigned a poster project this week. You will have a choice to create a character collage poster, or a theme collage. Whichever you choose, however, theme is important. It not only drives the deeper meaning, it also drives the character--it can even be his or her major motivation, objective, or source of conflict. It matters.
The following is more than an article, it is an exploration into several themes for The Scarlett Letter. Have fun exploring, and let me know here which theme you found most compelling.