Notes on Aristotle’s Poetics

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Aristotle’s Poetics So this Greek dude named Aristotle--philosopher really-- decided to describe and define the theatrical arts. He came up with six main elements shared by all theatre: Plot is not just what happens in the play. Plot also takes into account the arrangement of those events and can be easily broken down into: Exposition- The pertinent information that happened to the characters before the play begins. Point of Attack- The moment of the beginning of the play. Inciting Incident- The event that sets the dramatic action of the play, that establishes the conflict.Complication- Any event that alters the action. Discoveries- The delivery of new information. Reversals- An event that switches the direction of the action. Climax- The most intense moment of conflict, normally the last. Dénouement, Resolution, or Falling Action-The tying up of loose ends and the answering of questions. There are three major types of plots: The “Well-Made” Play is a traditional, linear plot where the events of the play are
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Unformatted text preview: presented in order of occurrence. • The Episodic Play contains the same elements as a “well-made” play, however the events are not presented in chronological order but rather in a thematic order. Plot: The Story • The Postmodern Play is a departure from the constructs of a “well-made” play. The conflicts, if any exist, are not resolved. These plays seem more “experimental” and incorporate innovative elements like technology, movement or ritual. Characters are fictional people, or fictional accounts of real people, who perform the actions of the play. We learn four main types of information about these characters: • Physical- gender, height, age, etc… • Social- profession, economic and social status, etc… • Psychological- the mindset of the character, his/her goals, desires, etc… • Morals- The values and beliefs of a character....
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