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What is a through-line?
A through-line is a theme that is consistent from the beginning until the end in literature, film, and similar arts.
A through-line is a metaphor involving a line, as in a rope or string, that is connected through time, from the beginning of a story to its end. It can refer to a character or the story itself.
When through-line refers to a character, it is a visualization of the path that a character takes from the beginning to the end, such as Frodo being focused on destroying the One Ring in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. All of Frodo’s actions are small actions that lead to his final goal, destroying the ring at Mount Doom.
When it refers to the story, the through-line is often a visualization of the plot itself, including actions that take place before the beginning of the story being studied. In J.K. Rowling’s Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series, the through-line is the threat that Sirius Black presents.
Through-line is sometimes spelled through line or throughline.
Example: Our literature class studied the through-lines of popular children’s novels.
Where does through-line come from?
The first records of the term through-line come from around the 1930s. It combines the terms through, meaning “in at one end and out the other,” and line, meaning “a cord or a wire used as a guide,” to create the sense of a string of ideas through a literary work that together create a theme.
The concept of the through-line was initially established and used as an acting tool for actors to more appropriately get into character by Konstantin Stanislavski in the book An Actor Prepares. It is now used to describe anything that has a beginning and end.
It is also sometimes used to describe a connection between two things that crossed paths at some point. For example, when several incidents happen in a short period of time, people will often try to draw connections between them and if one consistent theme or aspect of the events is similar, that theme will be called a through-line. This idea is explored in an NPR podcast called, appropriately, Throughline.
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How is through-line used in real life?
Through-line is almost always used in reference to literature or history and can often be applied to any story or situation in which something changes dramatically over time.
#WandaVision non-spoilery reaction was I liiiiked it. There were some uneven moments and I am annoyed at A Thing, but as usual, the character work from our leads was perfection and the through line was very, very strong.
— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) March 5, 2021
Tonight felt like a 1998 episode of rae where everything mattered and had a through line from beginning to end … loved it
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) March 2, 2021
Chris Vannini Movie Review™️
Justice League #SnyderCut: It’s better, but not that much better. Characters are a little more flushed out, mostly Cyborg, but it really drags in parts. Feels disjointed, loses the through line. Very much feels like 4 hours. 2.9 stars
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) March 19, 2021
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Val didn’t like the movie because they thought the through-line got lost in the middle.
How to use through-line in a sentence
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Domestically, the prime minister maintains the dubious line that he is the only man who can keep the still-fragile peace.
The questions going through my mind are: How on earth are there Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in the heart of Paris?Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
Before Ripperda could unclasp his lips to reply, the stranger had opened the door, and passed through it like a gliding shadow.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
A constant sense of easy balance should be developed through poising exercises.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
This city stands upon almost two equal parts on each side the river that passes through.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Nothing remarkable occurred in our march through this country.
In this position, the line of cavalry formed the chord of the arc described by the river, and occupied by us.