[Today we're reading Ch. 23 The Good, The Bad & The Intermediate Hero, from Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters, by Michael Tierno (2002).]
Today's chapter is about how good characters have a mix of good & bad traits. I like this quote from the Poetics:
"...[T]he line between virtue & vice is one dividing the whole of mankind." p. 114.
What makes people interesting are how they're tempted with virtue and vice.
Tempted by virtue? Why yes, indeed. I think people are drawn to elevate themselves, but the road is tough, so sometimes it's easier to fall into vice.
How does your character deal with the tug-of-war? Some do it well, some terribly. That's why we go to the movies.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED: Good vs. Evil. Yup, it's that simple.
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