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didactic - adjective

Pertaining to teaching, intended for instruction; inclined to teach or lecture (to excess), as in a boring, didactic speaker.

A didactic play attempts to explain what man must do to make the world better and life more rational; a tragedy shows that life will never be rational and the world will never be good. Long before Bertolt Brecht, German culture was enamored with parables about the triumph of reason. Yet man is a tragic being, irrational and divided within himself, and so it is an enthralling spectacle when a life charted as a didactic play unexpectedly reveals a tragic aspect.

—Daniel Kehlmann “A Prisoner of the Nobel” New York Times, August 20, 2006

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