Two Hundred Twenty-Seven

Damn near everything I write is allegorical. I wonder whether that’s an indication I don’t have the fortitude to be forthright?

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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2 Responses to Two Hundred Twenty-Seven

  1. When I was younger, I thought the idea of allegory was absurd bullshit. I thought “they make this stuff up, these connections between stories and circumstances and meaning.” Now, though, I tend to think everything is, or can be with sufficient thought, allegorical. We seek meaning and find that all the meaning we need is, indeed, within ourselves and our relationships with others.

  2. Serolf says:

    Yeah, but you know what? I focus on teaching students to view most stories as an allegory. There is just so much more meaning when a reader reads a piece like that or when a writer purposely writes his piece as such. I honestly approach your stories as such, John. There is introspection. There is thinking. It’s the difference between commercial fiction and quality fiction.

    I suppose, however, if a writer wants to, then so be it, but frankly, I might draw just as much interest in playing a board game of Monopoly or Clue.

    I say if your natural talent is in allegory, then go for it and perfect your style. I love the great allegorical writers: LeGuin, Steinbeck, Hemingway (symbolist), Atwood, Gordimer, O’Connor — and to some extent Poe and Jackson.

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