Incidentally, USAF, this * is also the approach I tend to take. There's just people with conflicting goals and different standards for what counts as acceptable means to attain them.
But what you've quoted is about themes - not Aesops. There's a difference between "here's two guys on a battlefield with symbolic meanings" and "here's two guys on a battlefield with a lesson I'm teaching you with it".
Well, there's obviously lessons attached to it, too ("war is bad" being the most obvious one) but I like to make it so that multiple interpretations are possible.
I don't do Death of the Author
. I like to know exactly what it's supposed
to mean. But whether or not I tell the fans
this is another matter. Let them have their WMG's if they like.
It's better to write a story with an idea/moral in mind, then one without one.
Because people are going to see a message there.
It might as well be one you put.