Post by ScienceGirl on Jul 6, 2021 14:04:18 GMT -6
Central Characters Should Do the Central Climax Action
Tobias brings up a great point in this section--every good story asks a question, and the climax answers it.
Hamlet: Will Hamlet kill the king when he knows Claudius is responsible for his father's death? Othello: Will the moor regain his lost love for Desdemona? Cyrano de Bergerac: Will he ever succeed in telling Roxanne he loves her? Romeo and Juliet: Can Romeo find happiness in his marriage to Juliet?
Often, this answer comes as a yes or no.
Climax is the point of no return. The question is posed in Act 1, and everything that happens between acts 1 and 3 leads to the resulting action, the climax.
Be careful with your main characters. Don't let them get so caught up in events that they aren't the acting characters in this scene. Your antagonist, for example, might step in. Or, maybe it's the POVC's wife or best friend. These people can be present, but, as Tobias says, "the main character should act, not be acted upon."
He explains how this works in his above examples:
Romeo kills Tybalt; Hamlet kills Polonius; Othello believes that Desdemona gave Iago his handkerchief; and Cyrano checkmates de Guiche. These events lead directly to the final events: the deaths of Romeo, Juliet, Hamlet, and Desdemona, and the winning of Roxanne.
And that is the end of Tobias' common denominators of plot. In the next three chapters, we'll look at some of the deeper components of plot before diving into our twenty master plots.
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