Many years ago my daughter, Meagan, had a homework assignment. Her literature teacher assigned a short story to read and Meagan was to figure out the theme.
The theme she came up with: “People do a lot of different things.”
Needless to say, it doesn’t matter what the story was, that wasn’t the theme. (Though she was a little surprised that I could know that without even reading it.)
“Meagan how do your teachers teach you to figure out theme?”