Theme = Meaning

Scott Myers
4 min readNov 12, 2018

More than just the moral or premise of the story, theme can best be understood to be about what a story MEANS.

Beginning November 19, I will be teaching the one-week online class Core VII: Theme, one of eight courses in my Core curriculum which focuses on writing theory. On Day One, we consider various takes on how to define theme and end up with my writing principle:

Theme = Meaning.

Here is an excerpt from Lecture 1 in which I analyze the Coen brothers’ remake of the movie True Grit: