Saturday, October 07, 2006

A Short Examination of 'Plot' and 'Character'

Character is who we are, a static definition of our life. It is a summation of our past experiences, their emotional effect, registered in our present personna. It is our personality's kinesis (potentail) awaiting actualization.

Plot is what we do, the dynamics of present life. It reveals our private personna (our 'character') in the activities of the present (all, of course, aimed toward a hopefully better future). Plot is our personality's kinesis realizing itself in activity.

"Character (the past) drives plot; plot (the present) reveals character." That is the old saw. Together they are the total 'chicken and the egg' of drama.


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