The White Lotus season 2 uses artworks as plot clues – here’s how

Everything in the show – from painting and sculpture to film – functions as allegorical clues to the show’s unfolding drama.

Sara Oscar, University of Technology Sydney and Cherine Fahd, University of Technology Sydney

In Western art history, a mise en abyme is a technique of placing one image inside another, or a story inside a story. It serves the purpose of illuminating the hidden meaning in an image. This can also be thought of as an allegory.

To say this technique is being used in The White Lotus, season 2 would be an understatement.

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