The "theme" of a work of fiction is its central idea. The theme goes beyond the plot or the subject of the story to raise an issue or general idea that applies to people in the real world. To find a theme, try to generalize the particular characters and events of a story to find the values, ideas or human situations they suggest.

In order to accomplish this, you can, as you have seen, examine plot, character, setting, point of view, tone, style, and symbolism. But still, sometimes it's difficult to figure out the theme. There is no single method to use to figure out theme, since every writer has his or her own way of telling a story, and every story works differently.

So if you've been through all the questions we've asked before, and you're still stuck, here are a few more methods you can try:

Remember that a story may be interpreted in more than one way. An interpretation that does not agree with yours may still be right. And you, yourself, may see several possible interpretations. Don't spend a lot of time worrying about which is the "right" one; just enjoy the fact that there are so many ways to be right.