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Last reply by: Patrick Chen
Fri May 16, 2014 10:59 PM

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Settings & Themes

  • Where does a story take place?
  • What kind of social context does the story have?
  • Ethnicity, Government, Religion, and other factors.
  • Examples of themes from movies, literature and television
  • How to recognize a theme

Settings & Themes

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:12
  • Settings: Basics 0:35
    • Basic Questions
    • Short Stories
  • Settings: Social Conditions 1:10
    • Other Questions
    • Example
    • The Veldt: What Are Their Social Conditions?
    • The Most Dangerous Game: Social Conditions
  • Settings: Questions 4:01
    • Nationality?
    • Social/ Economic Status?
    • Government?
    • Religion?
    • Values?
  • Example of a Theme From Movies 5:41
    • 'The Village' M. Night Shyamalan
    • Theme: Fear
  • Example of a Theme From Books 6:45
    • 'The Lord of the Rings' J.R.R. Tolkein
    • Theme: Friendship
  • Example of a Theme From Books 7:27
    • 'Lost'
    • Theme: Survival
  • Other Stories with Theme 8:45
    • Theme of Survival
  • What is a Theme? 9:33
  • Recognizing a Theme 10:58
    • Opening Exposition and Preludes
    • Recurring Symbols
    • Character Relationships, Roles, and Back Story, Traits
    • Recognize a Theme by Setting
  • Themes in Stories So Far 14:54
    • The Veldt
    • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Assignment 15:46