By Ari Hiltunen

During this publication, Ari Hiltunen explains the secret of the right kind excitement which, based on Aristotle, is the target of drama and will be caused through the use of definite storytelling thoughts. 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 day. Hiltunen concludes that Aristotle's rules and insights are as legitimate this day as they have been over 2000 years in the past. This ebook might be of curiosity to all these operating and learning within the fields of conversation, media and writing.

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For example, it is necessary to be aware of Oedipus’ goal in order to anticipate the catastrophe. Therefore the goal is revealed early in the drama. Similarly, the audience must be aware of the intentions of Iphigeneia and Merope in order to anticipate the impending danger and to feel fear or suspense. Hence goal-oriented action and fear are linked. The action of the drama is complete when the intended goal has been attained. Fear is no longer experienced and in its place there is either sorrow or satisfaction that relates to the emotional content of catharsis.

This is implied in the definition of tragedy: catharsis releases us from pity and fear. In other words, pity and fear are the necessary preconditions for catharsis. Expressed in today’s language, we can say that identification and suspense are necessary for the catharsis that brings about the pleasure. Catharsis is thus the emotional climax of tragedy. The term actually means purgation and its origin is in medicine, although in the context of the analysis of drama it has sometimes been suggested that Aristotle meant the refinement of emotions or man’s moral healing.

At the gate, 23 Aristotle in Hollywood: The Anatomy of Successful Storytelling Shakespeare creates the anticipation of tragic events in the audience when Romeo says to his friends: I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night’s revels; and expire the term Of a despised life, clos’d in my breast, By some vile forfeit of untimely death; As Romeo circulates among the guests he meets a beautiful girl with whom he immediately falls in love.

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