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Festival of Writing 2016 Part Five

This post comprises two sessions, both dealing with the basis and application of the role of a character in a plot: Character is Destiny.

C. M. Taylor discussed the three parts of a story: the theme (what the writer says about the world), the character (who lives in it) and the plot (what happens to them). The way a plot moves is how the relationships change. To illustrate this we were shown the four-act character arc where the crucial moment in the story is the midpoint, which can be seen in the Godfather where Michael saves his father from a second assassination attempt and joins him. Another is Gladiator where Maximus confronts Commodus, vowing revenge for the murder of his family. At this point the old self dies and the new self is born.

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