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Analysis / Family-Unfriendly Aesop

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  • A benefit — and problem — of the Family Unfriendly Aesop is that it's so unexpected. It can make for a strong Twist Ending, but it's so surprising that it may dominate the story. Instead of leaving the audience something to think about after the show, they're busy scratching their heads and wondering, "did they really say that? In public?"
  • A Family-Unfriendly Aesop is not necessarily cynical. Shows on the idealistic end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism can have them too, if they have morals like "take candy from strangers, because people are nice."
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  • While the Aesop may be upsetting, shocking or utterly unexpected, these Aesops can oftentimes be the truest and most useful kinds in life, as the real world is rarely a fair, kind or even logical place. Success and conventional morality or reason are often mutually exclusive. This is especially true when attempting to gain power or change existing power structures, as those with the power have a massive advantage in retaining it just due to already possessing it.


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