Moby Dick, revenge will kill your soul.
Theme Stated (pg.10): In a well-structured story, someone (usually not the main character) will pose a question or make a statement (usually to the protagonist) that is the theme of the story. “Be careful what you wish for”, or “Pride goeth before a fall”, or “Family is more important than money”. It may not be this obvious; it will be conversational, an off-hand remark from a secondary character that the main character doesn’t quite understand or ignores, but it will have far reaching and meaningful impact later. This is the story’s Thematic Premise. Essentially it establishes what the story is about.
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