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Some themes are popular. They have been written about and examined by multiple authors. Sometimes an author returns to a theme multiple times, exploring it through different stories. And in some works, an author may weave multiple plots (some are sub-plots) within a single work. They can each reinforce the primary theme or raise questions about it.

The best thing the author can do is not to put many simultaneous subplots. Many secondary plots can often confuse the readers, and they will not understand the main plot.

For instance, in one plot "love conquers all", that is the love of two characters overcomes all the obstacles in their way. In the meantime, there may be a second, sub-plot, where two characters cannot over come the obstacles that come between them. Does that mean that their love was not true? or that love cannot always "conquer all"?


Nuvola apps bookcase This article is a stub. You can help the Literawiki by expanding it. Please add examples here of plots that address similar themes -- and whether they re-inforce or contradict each other.

Nature versus Nurture

The relative importance of genetics (genes, heredity) or environment (care, stimulation, toxins). Books with related themes include

Love Conquers All

Love, generally romantic love, overcomes all obstacles put in the path of the lovers.

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