The Art of Dramatic Writing

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Language: English

Pages: 334

ISBN: 1434403874

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Language: English

Pages: 334

ISBN: 1434403874

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"For many years, Lajos Egri's highly opinionated but very enjoyable The Art of Dramatic Writing has been a well-guarded secret of playwrights, scriptwriters, and writers for television. Unlike many other books on playwrighting (several of which Egri criticizes during the course of this one), the author's systematic breakdown of the essentials for creating successful realistic plays and screenplays effectively demystifies the process of creative writing." --John Longenbaugh

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question at once. Suppose we choose ambition as the motive behind the murder and see where it leads us. The murderer must reach a position where someone stands in his way. He will try everything to influence the man who stands in his path, he will do anything to win his favor. Perhaps the men become friends, and the murder is averted. But no—the prospective victim must be adamant, else there will be no murder—and no play. But why should he be adamant? We don’t know, because we don’t know our

that were the case, and he wants his mother to promise to do the same. She refuses, horrified, as he shows her the morphia tablets. But with the coming of dawn he has another attack and sits blindly asking for the sun. She realizes that death would be merciful and searches for the tablets. ANALYSIS Premise The sins of the fathers are visited on the children. Pivotal Character Manders. Characters Mrs. Alving is a well-rounded character. We are able to trace her life from the dutiful

respectability. Well and good. Nora’s act should undermine or threaten the position he holds. But since she is unselfish, the deed must be done for his sake, and his reaction must show the hollowness of his love when it is matched against his respectability. What type of act would throw this man off balance to such an extent that he forgets everything when his position is threatened? Only an act which he knows from his own experience to be most contemptible and most disgraceful: something

the story. Besides, by stealing she changes the premise. The fear of discovery and inevitable disgrace would overshadow the original premise. It would be a denunciation of theft, not a plea for woman’s equality. But, you ask, what if Nora stole and was not caught? That would prove her a good thief—but not a woman meriting equality. And if she were caught? A heroic struggle would ensue in which Helmer would fight to get her out of prison—and then discard her. This is what his respectability would

of the skin of these veins [hardening of the arteries—L.E.]: and the process continues until it affects the capillary veins which are the first to close up altogether; and from this it comes to pass that the old dread the cold more than the young, and that those who are very old have their skin the color of wood or of dried chestnut, because this is almost completely deprived of sustenance. Here, too, transition works stealthily. The arteries are gradually blocked, through the years, the skin

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