Your Intention Is Your Theme

The final element that occurs in the climax is your theme is revealed. Your reason for writing this particular story is made known through your main character. Perhaps you're against abortion, capital punishment, or divorce. It's not necessary in the beginning to state: "My personal vision of life is_." However, if you care about an issue in your script your point-of-view about it will be revealed in the climax.

For example, in Shawshank Redemption, the theme is about an innocent man, Andrew Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, who is in a drab and dreary prison in Ohio. His goal is to escape and he uses his wit and brains to achieve this end. In the end the audience goes from feeling hopeless to feeling hopeful and experiences a catharsis as Andrew is on the path of freedom for a new life.

In the film The Insider, based on the real life scientist, Jeffrey Wigand, played by Russell Crowe, he is upset when he discovers that tobacco companies are manipulating the drug in their product to deliberately get people addicted. He decides to become a whistle blower after he discovers what harm the company is causing to people who smoke. He gets fired from B&W corporation for taking a stand. His goal is to reveal the truth of the tobacco industry against all odds, including the betrayal of the producers of the television show 60 Minutes who decided not to run the interview with him, when they're threatened with a lawsuit by Brown and Williamson. This excellent screenplay is exciting and suspenseful, but more so because of the theme of the little guy fighting a Goliath corporation and how he doesn't give up in the face of threats and betrayals.

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