THEA107 - Week 3 Action analysis David ball Domino Theory...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 9 pages.

Week 3Action analysis David ballDomino Theory: Every action has a reactionStasis is the status quo (the way the world is when we first enter the play)Intrusion interrupts the stasis (something that interrupts it; inciting incident)When the forces no longer compete, there is a new stasis (action all the way from inciting incident to climax, then once last domino has fallen, there is a new world)All drama is conflict, and all conflict is action (AntigoneGirl wants to bury brother. King says you can’t. Girl does it anywayBackwards and ForwardsTrigger and heap: Two events comprise an actionEach heap becomes the new trigger (of next event)Character A (active verb) Character BRule 2: Express an event with an active verb. Avoid words like “says”, “speaks”, “talks”. Speaking is foregone conclusion. This is a play after all. (what is the action behind the words)Rule 3: Avoid describing states of being. Ex: “Oedipus is sad”. Emotion is a fact, not an actionRule4: Avoid words like “tries” and “attempts”. You need to identify what the character does, not what they are trying to do.Rule 5: There is never a time on stage where action is not occurring. Rule 6: One trigger can cause multiple heaps. You need to be able to follow all the pathsto the end of the story. 1 event + 1 event = ActionAdjacent events: Subplots or events that might not look like they have a lot to do with the storyCharacter AnalysisCharacter is identified by all the actions of a person. *Never bring in your own life. *Never bring in psychology, at least not in the beginningGiven circumstances: Facts about the character, not opinions.
Sister Aloysius: Age 55-65. Female. Nun, principal. Strong, rigid. James’ boss. Father flynn’s employee, Mrs. Mueller’s ally.Point of view: How a character views the world. Comes from their actions and reactions.*The world is a place for faith in God and one must live by His orders.Actions: What a character does. Expressed as an active verb.Expressed from the view of the totality of the place.Super objective: What a character wants/needs. (To dominate james)Based on their actionsCan be tied into theme*I want to defeat Father Flynn so I may maintain the sanctuary of my churchThrough action: Reminder of who the character is. Particular character performing particular actions under particular conditions. (resignation of employer)Counter action: From antagonist's point of view. Particular character performing particular actions under particular conditions (renew faith) Values: What a character prizes more than anything. What limits do they have in obtaining their goalsAll people have values*God, reason, Order of the church, stability, eldersMotivations: Why are they doing this?Interpretive (every person has a different reason of why the character is doing something) or in the text.

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture