Your subject is an ACTION not a person…

Aristotle believed that a dramatic story must have unity if it’s going to move an audience to catharsis.  Do you agree or disagree?  Here’s a great quote by Michael Tierno in his book, Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters:  “The Unity of Plot does not consist, as some suppose in its having one man as its subject.”

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“An infinity of things befall that one man, some of which it is impossible to reduce to unity; and in like manner there are many actions of one man which cannot be made to form one action.”

So, what does this mean for those who are writing a screenplay?  It’s important to remember that SUBJECT is an ACTION, not a person.

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