Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

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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