Subtext is information which is not announced explicitly by the characters (or author) but is something understood by the observer as the story unfolds.

Subtext can be used to imply controversial subjects (such as a character's sexuality) without spelling it out.



  • Example.


  • A scene in Woody Allen's movie Annie Hall, in which subtitles explain the characters' inner thoughts during an apparently innocent conversation, is an example of the subtext of a scene being made explicit.

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