Theme in The Tale of Despereaux

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Tale of Despereaux Theme

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Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme and support their choices with details from the text.


Example Despereaux Theme

Forgiveness

During the novel, several characters forgive others for the wrongs they committed. For example, Despereaux is sent into exile by his own father. Later, Despereaux returns and, seeing the tears in his father’s eyes, forgives him for this. A very different aspect of the same theme is revealed when Roscuro does not forgive Princess Pea for the evil look she gave him. This is especially important to the story because by not forgiving the princess, he is left with darkness inside himself that he is unable to repair. Finally though, at the end of the novel, Pea forgives Roscuro for kidnapping her and for accidentally killing her mother, and he is redeemed.



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Create a storyboard that identifies themes in The Tale of Despereaux. Illustrate examples of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from The Tale of Despereaux you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.

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