Plot vs. Theme

Elementary differences between plot and themes

One of the basic objectives of any author in any literally work of fiction is to indeed convey his or her message in a unique and coherent manner that will be captivating to the reader. The evident correlation between plot and themes that is normally obvious to any literally work form one of the most crucial elements of any narration or fiction story, but are they different? The answer is actually yes.

Plot which is of course part of any work of literature can simply be put to mean what the whole story is about. This means that the plot forms the basis of the progressive series of events in the story that will help the reader of the work to be able to have a general picture of what will happen in the story. It is important to state that the events in any plot are supposed to be logically related. Plot involves as one of its key components the overall structure of the story that is enhanced by; initial exposition that is followed by foreshadowing and later development of conflict.  Rising action is then accompanied by a crisis and further on the climax. The ultimate ending of the plot is characterized by falling action, and consequently the resolution.

Theme on the other hand has be said is the general and in most cases the specific meaning of the story itself that is usually conveyed to the reader at the end of the story otherwise called the resolution. What the theme consist of in many stories is actually the moral lessons that the literally work teaches and the virtues it uphold or even in some cases, an awareness of the current state of affairs in the concerned social settings. The convectional way of expressing theme is done through the events and actions that surround the main character.

The apparent distinction between this  two crucial aspects of literature writing are based mainly on the fundamental  aspect of the plot where it is a matter of necessity that it should contain all the basic components indicated above such as exposition and others. As for themes, since they form the core of any story, they generally do not have any parts. Another difference is again based on the use of either, while the plot will be involved in presenting the story in an convenient way to the reader, the theme on the other hand will be involved in evoking the reader to make certain conclusions concerning the story that are related to practical life experiences.  The correlations of the two however are still very evident. For instance a reader will have to keenly follow the relationships of events in the story that is provided by the plot so as to finally derive the meaning of the piece that is presented by the theme. It is also important to state that themes are normally not self evident as the plot and it will obviously follow that understanding the same will require depth in plot analysis.