Art Of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives, Paperback Book

Art Of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives Paperback

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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.

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