Introductory Concepts
Elementary Relationships
Extensions of Verbal Behavior
Multiple Controlling Relationships
Building on the Elementary Relationships

42.1 Thematic Control in Literature, Poetry, and Humor Part 1

In analyzing literature, poetry, or humor, a major variable that must be considered as contributing to the emission of a particular response is the previous words or the general reasons for writing the prose or poetry or the “theme.” In Shakespeare’s Cymbaline, these lines appear: “Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney sweepers, come to dust.” An analysis of the variables responsible for the phrase “come to dust” would have to include the context or theme, which is death.

Golden ladies and girls all must be as chimney sweepers, come dust. Keywords: Thematic Control in Literature
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