Dramatica Definition: Theme

Theme • [Dramatica term] • an argument about the relative worth of different value standards as they are compared in all appropriate contexts • Theme is developed by creating varying perspectives within a story on an issue which is central to the story. Presenting these perspectives in such a way that the most appropriate one, according to the author, moves to the forefront conveys theme to an audience. Theme occurs in both progressive and static elements of a story’s structure and is a consideration in all four stages of communication (Storyforming, Storyencoding, Storyweaving, and Reception).

From the Dramatica Dictionary