Sub-themes are little or extra themes that are quickly discussed in your story despite the fact that you’re still discussing the major theme of your story. They are embedded for the readers to find themselves. If you followed our discussion on ‘Last Theme Discussion’, you will realize that themes are molten magma in a mountain near an old roman village like Pompei, sub-theme is the fight in the arena. You have to be spice things any where you’re. Be a fairy godmother. Let people remember almost every seen in your story.
For example, while discussing the theme about betrayal, you can also indirectly talk about being a glutton. In my novel, ‘A Dread in the Spine’, the main theme was about how people were doing stupid things because of they want to make heaven. My sub-themes were numerous. One of such was the fact a woman that loves a man will have a reason to stay by him even after knowing that he had done something wrong.
How Do You Use These Features?
1. Use Character’s Perks to write a story. Introduce these characters to us by allowing us to see their habits and the consequences. If you follow Game of Thrones, you will know that Petyr Baelish was fond of causing trouble for families, and that was the reason he had to die by the hand of Arya Stark, when he was trying to cause a discord between her and Sansa.
2. Another source of theme is emotional wound: a thing that had happened to your character in the past can be sub-theme. In most terrorist, the underlying factors are always by the fact that something happened to them in the past. Take Harry Potter for Example, Voldemort wanted power by all means because he came from a family he considered weak and that was the reason he wanted power at all cost. Yet, the main theme of the story was the way people keep trying to avoid death.
3. Use symbols to tell a story: in any series by Shonda Rhimes- For the people, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey Anatomy etc. You might see someone building something like Dinosaur while the main theme is going on or trying to overcome a habit or even trying to win a game and he or she eventually gets success at the end of the episode. You can employ that also.
What are those things you can employ in your own stories as sub-themes? Let’s hear them.