188 – Messages and Themes


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What is a story’s message, and what is its theme? Are those different things? Have we been using words wrong this whole time? This week we aim to find out. Listen as battle lines are drawn over academic vs common word usage, and then as battle lines are erased so we can talk about what classic books mean. We discuss reader interpretation vs author interpretation, the importance of context, and why some messages are better than others.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Fahrenheit 451

The Author is Dead

The Hunger Games

Battle Royale

Jekyll and Hyde

The Death and Life of Turing

Mad Men

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