Recent Examples of subtext from the Web
The story is supposed to be about what happened, but the subtext is what might have been.
The subtext is actually pretty dark; it’s as if Johnny is a mass shooter in the making.
With Dawson and Joey, that belief went from subtext to text — but adding Pacey into the mix was designed to destabilize that assumption.
That is the subtext of this week’s fight in Congress over whether to include stabilizing the health care law in the government spending bill.
The subtext to this drama gives San Diego Democrats a sense of déjà vu all over again.
That was the clear subtext of what the two were talking about with each other.
Whether the fear of the outsider is warranted or not, that cultural paranoia gives a rich subtext to Aubret's film.
The subtext of all this is the U.S.’s fear of ceding power to China.
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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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