Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 30 Aug 2006

I can see how you can derive a moral theme from a shopping list (bread, milk, handcuffs, tape, spade), if you're so inclined, but that's -- as I said before -- the reader's interpretation. It's very far from giving a moral lesson. A lesson requires intent on the part of the author to instruct the reader.

Long live ambiguity,


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Robison
  Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:58 PM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

  Kerry wrote:

  I don't think the question is whether literature
  should give a moral lesson so much as that it does and
  unavoidably so.

  I agree. It is just about impossible to imagine a
  story from which a moral theme cannot be derived.
  However, it is entirely possible to not consider the
  moral aspects of a work important.


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