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Cyclic Theory

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Every Heard of Cyclic Theory? When I was teaching classes in literary structure, one of the things I looked at was the idea that seasonal and solar flux impacted literature whether writers intended it to or not.  If one stood back a little from the narrative, one could sense the structure of images on which the narrative depended. Each of the seasons, then, provided a kind of objective correlative for abstractions like the feelings and inner nature of characters. At its simplest, villains were always dark, heroes always blue-eyed and blond. At its most complex, the story produced a rain of …