Straw man theming

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.

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