Tag: Theme

January 8, 2016 / Smells

Straw man

The straw man argument is where somebody tries to prove their point by attacking a twisted or exaggerated version of their opponents proposition.

Stories are often an exploration of a certain idea and the pros and cons of that idea – the story’s theme. It’s quite possible for a story to put up straw men as part of that theme. I call that straw man theming. I feel that’s bad form and a type of writing smell.