The art of dramatic writing : its basis in the creative interpretation of human motives
Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama: its characters.
For it is people - their private natures and their inter-relationships - that move a story and give it life.
All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives.
Why do people act as they do? What forces transform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward?
What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable?
Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House?
These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes.
He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise - a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behaviour - and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behaviour.
Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.