theme pool

Theme Pool

Below is a partial list of themes found in literature.

  • Abandonment
  • Age and aging, social perceptions regarding age and their effects, elderly, coming of age
  • Alienation
  • Ambition
  • American Dream, decline of, quest for
  • Anger, healthy, unhealthy, extreme and uncontrollable
  • Authority and rebellion
  • Beauty
  • Betrayal
  • Bullying
  • Capitalism, effect on the individual
  • Catastrophe, impending, unexpected, causes of, aftermath of
  • Chaos and order
  • Character, destruction, building up
  • Children, in an adult world, coping with absent or abusive parents
  • Circle of life, death and rebirth
  • Civil Rights, fight for, abuse of, effects of human oppression
  • Civilization versus savagery
  • Communication and miscommunication
  • Community, the need for, the needs of, the absence of
  • Companionship, the need for, the absence of, the difficulties inherent to
  • Compassion versus each man for himself, versus a sense of futility
  • Conformity versus nonconformity
  • Confronting reality
  • Conscience, its dictates
  • Conspiracy
  • Corruption, of power, of individual
  • Courage
  • Crime
  • Cruelty
  • Death, as tragedy, as inevitable, as a new beginning, as confronting its fear and mystery
  • Deception, as manipulation, as appearance versus reality
  • Depression or mental illness, dealing with
  • Discovery of the unknown, exploration for humanity, for fame, for power, for a loved one’s cure
  • Displacement
  • Divorce
  • Dreams and disillusionment, emptiness of false dreams
  • Duty, the sense of, ethics of, cost of, benefit of
  • Education
  • Empowerment
  • Escape from expectations and social constraints
  • Evading reality, through drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, denial, Peter Pan syndrome, etc.
  • Fading beauty, individual, pastoral
  • Failure, possibility of, aftermath
  • Faith versus doubt
  • Family, blessing and/or curse, disintegration of
  • Fate and free will
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness, difficult, lack of, effects of
  • Fortune, change of, privilege and poverty
  • Freedom
  • Fulfillment
  • Gender, stereotypes, roles, expectations
  • Generations, in relationship, gap, experience versus strength or current knowledge
  • God and spirituality, inner struggle of faith
  • Good versus evil
  • Greed (or any of the seven deadly sins)
  • Grief, process of
  • Happiness
  • Heartbreak
  • Heroism, false heroism
  • Hierarchy in nature
  • Home, meaning of, search for, returning to, security of a homestead
  • Honor, lost, gained
  • Hope lost, hope found
  • Hysteria
  • Identity, sense of, crisis of, quest for, masking of
  • Ignorance
  • Illusion of power or powerlessness
  • Immigration, experience, identity, social perception, challenges
  • Individual and Society
  • Inhumanity
  • Inner versus outer strength
  • Innocence, lost
  • Intolerance
  • Isolation, as downfall, as evading reality
  • Jealousy 
  • Journey, most journeys lead back to home
  • Justice, guilt and innocence, vengeance
  • Knowledge versus ignorance
  • Knowledge, as power, as freedom, danger of
  • Life after loss, life sustains tragedy
  • Love and Hate
  • Love, search for, meaning of, to cultivate and sustain
  • Loyalty
  • Man against nature
  • Manipulation
  • Materialism
  • Memory
  • Money
  • Mortality and immortality
  • Nationalism, complications
  • Nature, as force, as beauty, as asset, as endangered
  • Obsession
  • Optimism, power or folly
  • Overcoming, fear, weakness, vice
  • Parenthood, single parenthood
  • Passion, its power and drive, individual passion, mob madness
  • Past versus present versus future
  • Peace and war, war is tragic, peace is fleeting
  • People versus paranormal or supernatural
  • Persecution
  • Poverty
  • Power, lack of, change of, lust for, abuse of, effects of
  • Powers of language, love, storytelling
  • Prejudice
  • Pride and downfall, vanity
  • Progress, real or illusion
  • Punishment, self- wrongful, fear of
  • Race relations, learned racism
  • Reconciliation
  • Redemption
  • Regret
  • Rejection
  • Relationships
  • Religious identity
  • Reputation
  • Responsibility
  • Reunion
  • Revenge
  • Rivalry
  • Sacrifice, big and small
  • Secrecy
  • Self-preservation
  • Sexuality
  • Simplicity
  • Social Class
  • Social evolution, adapting to, the changing idea of family
  • Social mores and social judgments, ostracization
  • Success
  • Suffering
  • Suicide
  • Survival, man against nature, man against man
  • Suspicion, paranoia
  • Technology
  • Temptation
  • The Chase
  • The Quest
  • Thievery, the heist, value of possessions
  • Totalitarianism
  • Truth versus lies, the quest for, the indifference to, mob-mentality, the power of beliefs
  • Violence
  • Vision
  • Vulnerability
  • Wealth
  • Work, necessity of, career goals, career demands
Written by The UnNovelist
The Unnovelist