Definition of Theme The theme of a piece of fiction is its controlling idea or its central insight. In order to figure out theme, a reader must ask what view of life a work supports or what insight into life in the real world it reveals.
Definition of Universal Theme Frequently, a work of fiction implies a few ideas about the nature of all men and women or about the relationship of human beings to each other or to the universe. These are called universal themes.
Examples of Universal Themes As expressed by authors, themes involve positions on these familiar issues: