The Art of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives Paperback
by Lajos Egri
Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters.
For it is people - their private natures and their inter-relationships - that move a story and give it life.
All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives.
Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward?
What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable?
Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House?
These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes.
He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise - a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behaviour - and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behaviour.
Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 06/09/2003
- Category: Creative writing & creative writing guides
- ISBN: 9780671213329