There's a new TED talk by Andrew Stanton on story. It's very interesting but the one thing that struck me was his comments on theme. At 13:40, he talks about his experience with Lawrence of Arabia and its theme, "Who are you?" I thought about it for a while and thought, Isn't this the theme of all stories, in one form or another? Isn't the theme of all stories being the protagonist's search for who he is and how he fits into his world? Doesn't he become the protagonist when he discovers that his world is suddenly a lot bigger that he thought and full of more problems than he wants to deal with? Isn't the story on how he eventually fits into this bigger world and copes with its problems? I think it is.