Literary Term- Subtext

By: Anthea DeVeyra

Definition: The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text and interpreted by an actor in performance


Example:


War of the Wolds


RAY: Here we go, some nice peanut butter sandwiches.


(Rachel looks at him spreading the sandwiches, obviously masking frustration)

Rachel: I'm allergic to peanut butter.

(Ray, surprised, continues to spread the butter)

RAY: Since when?

Beat.

RACHEL: Birth.



Text: Rachel is allergic to peanut butter.

Subtext: Ray is a bad father.

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