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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Interweaving an Irreconcilable Theme

Difficult

109. Can the overall theme be stated in the form of an irreconcilable good-versus-good or evil-versus-evil dilemma?

110. Is a thematic question asked out loud or clearly implied in the first half and left open?

111. Do the characters consistently have to choose between goods or between evils instead ofnchoosing between good and evil?

Grounded

112. Does the story reflect the way the world works?

113. Does the story have something authentic to say about this type of setting?

114. Does the story include twinges of real-life national pain?

115. Are these issues and the overall dilemma addressed in a way that avoids moral hypocrisy?

116. Do all of the actions have real consequences?

Subtle

117. Do many ...

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