Recent Examples of subtext from the Web
The film compensates its lack of subtext with a certain free-associative generosity.
But that drama quickly became just subtext for viewers; recently, the biggest draw has been the drama of their relationship with the president, unraveling in real time (the show’s audience has grown 50 percent since last year).
This intense tone poem, with its battery of percussion underlining each painful step on the road to Calvary, would be an ear-grabber even without knowing the subtext.
Yet Darwin provided an explanation for nature’s murderous subtext.
McIntyre avoided the gay subtext of E.M. Forster's and Eric Crozier's libretto, speeding the tragedy to its devastating conclusion with nary a false step.
For genre fans who actually like a little subtext with their sci-fi, this is all catnip.
Its eternal death match makes the subtext of online video game violence impossible to ignore.
Characters are forever speaking about secrets and lies, games and stories, surface and subtext — some actually play Truth or Dare — in case your mind wanders from that point.
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Did You Know?
A literary text often has more than one meaning: the literal meaning of the words on the page, and their hidden meaning, what exists "between the lines"—the subtext. Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, for example, is about the Salem witchcraft trials of the 17th century, but its subtext is the comparison of those trials with the "witch hunts" of the 1950s, when many people were unfairly accused of being communists. Even a social conversation between a man and a woman may have a subtext, but you may have to listen very closely to figure out what it is. Don't confuse subtext with subplot, a less important plot that moves along in parallel with the main plot.
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