READING: LITERATURE

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
1.3 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Lesson B

Compare Themes and Topics Across Cultures

Comparing and contrasting two different stories can help you better understand common topics, patterns of events, and themes in stories from different cultures.

The topic is the subject of a story. A common topic in many stories is the struggle between good and evil. The pattern of events is what happens in the story. One common pattern of events is the hero’s quest. The main character goes on a journey to achieve a goal or solve a problem. The theme of a story is its central idea or message about life. Sometimes the theme is expressed as a moral, or lesson, such as “look before you leap.”

To learn how to compare and contrast the topics, patterns of events, and themes in different kinds of stories, click the links below.