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Aristotle, in The Poetics, said that plot is the soul of tragedy: it holds story together contains the incidents in the play, produces tragic effects, has the most tragic element (reversals, discoveries).
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In your catalogue this course is probably under "Inroduction to Theatre" or "Theatre Appreciation" (several years ago we made it a "core" course required for all students).
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Film

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Plot

Plot -- the arrangement of the parts-- "the arrangement of events or the selection and order of scenes in a play. (155)"
There are four parts in the book: film, theatre, art, music (the smallest).

Film is the focal point and theatre is the biggest part (it has both music and art).

You understand the difference between Drama and Theatre, right?

This directory is about Drama; this page is about Theatre.

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GREEK DRAMA MORE CONCERNED WITH PLOT THAN WITH CHARACTER: Aristotle conceived the action, or plot, of a play as of far greater importance than the characters. This conception he gained from the plays of the fifth century, which, in general, centered around a personified passion rather than around a character. The action was "the vital principle and very soul of drama." Again he says, "Tragedy is an imitation, not of men, but of actions." Second in importance was characterization; and third were the sentiments aroused by the action. He insisted very clearly that in tragedy the plot does not rise out of the characters, but on the contrary the plot tests the characters through the working-out of destiny -- "blind fate." The main duty of the dramatist was to organize first the action, then display the moral character of his people under the blows of fate. "The incidents of the action, and the structural ordering of these incidents, constitute the end and purpose of tragedy." Finally, and perhaps most important of all, was Aristotle's belief that although tragedy should purge the emotions through pity and terror, yet all drama was meant to entertain: tragedy through the sympathies, comedy through mirth.

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Plot = Action (Most important, according to Aristotle).

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