14.20: Allegory in Fiction
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard
What is an allegory, anyway? This episode probably won’t settle that question, but we did manage a discussion on how to use our stories to teach things, or be stand-ins for things, and to do it in the ways that allegories and/or parables might.
We talk about some famous allegories, some things whose authors insisted were not allegorical, and the possible pitfalls of didacticism.
Credits: This episode was engineered by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Take a famous fable and retell it as an allegory.
Thing of the week: Head On, by John Scalzi, narrated by Amber Benson, OR narrated by Wil Wheaton.
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