Examples of subtext in film

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Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath by Linda Seger

Partly a how-to book, partly an exploration of this important topic, Writing Subtext explores all the underlying meanings that lie beneath the words, images, and actions in film, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. Replete with examples from films, as well as examples from real life, Writing Subtext helps the writer figure out how to find and write subtext.
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The subtext is the unspoken or less obvious meaning or message in a literary composition, drama, speech, or conversation. The subtext comes to be known by the reader or audience over time, as it is not immediately or purposefully revealed by the story itself. The subtext in the situation is the reality that what is below the surface—disappointment—does not match the surface—happiness and congratulations. A student goes to turn in his paper. The subtext of this question is the intended clue to the student that the paper is not ready yet to be turned in and he should edit through it again.

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If you put a group of people in a room, and asked 'em to read a book, watch a movie, listen to a song or look at a painting, you're likely to get a myriad of opinions. We're human, not automatons. We can, and will, argue over anything. You're also likely to get a subset of that group who will argue there's messages beyond the obvious ones of the work. They'll have a different interpretation of forms, lyrics, characters, etc. Most works of art, especially the good ones, are based on the very real emotions of life, just warped a little, the edges polished up a bit, and stretched into " what if? Sometimes this kind of speculation is right, sometimes it may or may not be true, and sometimes it's a long damn reach.

5 thoughts on “Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath by Linda Seger

  1. Subtext is a great way for an artist to convey the underlying themes, metaphors and opinions in their work in creative and subliminal ways.

  2. As long as it supplements the content of the film well, subtext is an amazing way of enhancing a story. Let us look at some great examples at the.

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