Aristotle at the Movies
Aristotle’s POETICS explained the structure of “Drama” (Drama is the Greek word for Action). We are going to focus on 5 elements from the POETICS:
- Beginning: That which nothing need precede. (You don’t need anything before this in order to fully tell your story.)
- Middle: Forward movement of action from Beginning to End.
- End: That which nothing need follow. (You don’t need anything after this in order to fully tell your story.)
- Protagonist: The hero, the central character, the one who struggles or overcomes or grows in the course of the story.
- Antagonist: The enemy, the nemesis, the character or group or force that fights against the Protagonist or that the Protagonist must overcome.
Choose a favorite movie and write one page explaining how this movie’s dramatic structure can be described using the principles of Aritotle’s POETICS. Example:
- Marlin loses all his babies except one. This makes him fearful of the great big ocean and over protective of his remaining child, Nemo.
- Marlin faces his fears of the great big ocean and travels around the world to find and rescue Nemo.
- Having rescued Nemo, Marlin is now able to let his son go off to school and is no longer overly protective.
- Marlin the overly protective father fish
- The ocean and all the scary things in it