By Ari Hiltunen
During this booklet, Ari Hiltunen explains the secret of the correct excitement which, in response to Aristotle, is the objective of drama and will be caused through the use of convinced storytelling innovations. by way of studying the foremost techniques and good judgment of the Poetics and analysing Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus Rex, the writer explains Aristotle's perception and relates it to drama, movie, tv and multimedia at the present time. Hiltunen concludes that Aristotle's principles and insights are as legitimate this present day as they have been over 2000 years in the past. This booklet can be of curiosity to all these operating and learning within the fields of verbal exchange, media and writing.
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The guilt becomes the object of identification and sympathy and it is this that creates an intellectually fascinating experience for the audience. One of Aristotle’s important concepts of drama is mimesis which is the taking on of the characteristics of something else in order to arrive at a true understanding of it. It could be said that Oedipus Rex is about giving an aesthetic form to the basic human tragedy, the essence of which is that of moira, or fate, that plays a trick on the hero’s good intentions.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York (1979). 26 5 The Power of the ‘Proper Pleasure’ Aristotle argued that individual works of tragedy could be evaluated by the extent to which they fulfilled the potential inherent in the genre and thereby achieved or failed to achieve the full artistic effect of the particular type of construction. In the Poetics, Aristotle states that the function (ergon) of the tragic plot is to arouse emotions of pity and fear in the audience and so produce pleasure and catharsis.
The audience are aware of threatening danger and would like to warn the character but of course cannot do so. All the audience can do is feel suspense. 2 According to the dictionary, suspense in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is achieved through the withholding of the knowledge that Oedipus himself has killed Laius, his father. During the play, the audience, aware that Oedipus will eventually make the discovery, share the hero’s uncertainties and fears as he pursues the truth of his own past. The dictionary definition also implies a connection between pity and fear, in other words, between identification and suspense.
Aristotle in Hollywood (Studies in Scriptwriting) by Ari Hiltunen