Trying out a new show. Looking for people to proof-read my script to make sure it makes sense. Any grammar or spelling errors I’ll probably find when I record it.
It’s below the break.
Read through it.
This J.R.R. Tolkein quotation would help:
"I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and have always done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history, true or feigned, with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse ‘applicability’ with ‘allegory’; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author."
Allegory can be said to have the trait of authorial intent while audience interpretation is application of the thematic ideas expressed in a text. Allegory is only authentic if the events, characters, and stylistic content of the story resonates with its real life counterpart. Application of the principles of a story, such as an adolescent’s struggle against society’s label upon him, is a wide abstraction universal in its application. The wider the idea, the more fundamental it is in being relatable to any reader who recognizes the same theme being played out in their own life. The audience interpretation, which is individual applicability on a case by case basis, can turn that wide theme into “my struggle as a gay teenager against traditional labels” or “my struggle as a Muslim against Hindu labels”. The variations of the theme are endless and do not destroy explicit meaning of the original text; it only means that one reader may prioritize one aspect of the text over a reader who doesn’t pay any special consideration to an adolescent’s struggle against societal labels. The audience is free in their feeling towards the message of the text, but not free to replace or distort the message.
Authorial intent lives only in the text of the story. A story, in its proper sense, is an end of itself. It’s purpose is to present its specified characters and events and resolve its conflict without further extension of its contextual meaning–what an author’s real life political views are do not exist unless stated and supported in the text and art criticism by definition only deals with the art piece being critiqued.
Allegory can be associated with cultural influences, and authors have taken their fictional text to allude towards the popular events and ideas of its time, but it cannot extend further from what was explicitly written. To approach literary art criticism, we have to confidence in language having exact definitions and extrapolating their meaning in judging a story’s merit. Consistency and narrative coherence is primary in all parts of a story: theme, plot, characterization, style. All four are attributes to be integrated as the living sum of the art piece. A text that leans too heavily in allegorical devises siphons away immersion from its own purpose as an invented story telling its own tale. Too much cultural osmosis in a story endangers the tale to be short lived, losing its universality typically, thus becoming more likely to be discarded like yesterday’s newspaper when culture shifts away.
So yeah, I have more to say on this subject. I hope this response helps.