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By Ari Hiltunen

ISBN-10: 1841500607

ISBN-13: 9781841500607

During this publication, Ari Hiltunen explains the secret of the correct excitement which, based on Aristotle, is the objective of drama and will be caused through the use of definite storytelling ideas. through interpreting the foremost recommendations and common sense of the Poetics and analysing Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus Rex, the writer explains Aristotle's perception and relates it to drama, movie, tv and multimedia this present day. Hiltunen concludes that Aristotle's rules and insights are as legitimate at the present time as they have been over 2000 years in the past. This e-book could be of curiosity to all these operating and learning within the fields of conversation, media and writing.

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But then, in a short space of time, everything that he has relied on in his life is taken away from him, often by cruel force. His father dies. Hamlet discovers that his father was murdered by Claudius, his uncle, who now reigns with every sign of success. His mother shames him and the family name by a hasty remarriage to the murderous uncle, destroying Hamlet’s respect for her. The girl he appears to have been in love with is found acting as a spy on Hamlet for her father and Claudius. And finally, his friends from university are discovered to be acting on the orders of Claudius.

When the audience see the catastrophe approaching, they begin to feel fear; when it occurs, their emotion turns to sorrow. As long as the audience believe in the possibility of averting the catastrophe, they feel hope. When the hope is fulfilled, as when recognition occurs in Euripides’ Iphigeneia in Tauris, joy and then satisfaction are felt. As Aristotle realised, it is not possible to experience fear or hope with regard to something which is happening or has already happened but only to that which is about to happen or will inevitably happen.

Elements of the plot already in place in the drama mean that it could not end in any other way. Although Iphigeneia in Tauris and Cresphontes are not as effective as Oedipus Rex in arousing pity and fear, the emotional impact of their endings may be 13 Aristotle in Hollywood: The Anatomy of Successful Storytelling better. Aristotle’s ideal drama would be one that could combine Oedipus Rex’s ability to produce pity and fear with Iphigeneia in Tauris’ ability to produce catharsis. Such a drama would depict intense undeserved suffering and have a great deal of suspense but it would end in exultation for the audience.

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