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What novel or film can be considered a meta narrative from a contemporary perspective?

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It is best to start with a definition of what a meta-narrative is. In critical theory, especially postmodern theory, meta-narratives are grand narratives that govern culture and the production of that culture. Examples of meta-narratives are stories of inevitable progress, the Enlightenment, Evolution, or Marxism. Postmodernism has called into question these narratives. 

As for movies that have this meta-narrative, there are many. Let me give you a blatant example. 

300 is a movie that has a meta-narrative. In this movie, the story of Thermopylae is told. A Spartan general, Leonidas, fought against Xerxes in a sacrificial and heroic manner. The Persians are portrayed horribly. They are barely human. On the other hand, the Spartans are muscular, noble, courageous, and good - not to mention right in all that they do. They are freedom-loving. They represent the west, whereas Persia represents the east with all its depravity. 

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