“Thought is found whenever a statement is proved to be or not to be, or a general truth enunciated.”
(Poetics, Part V)
In our first chapter on STORY, we discussed Aristotle’s list of the elements that make up a drama, and we said that in modern screenwriting terms, they become: story, character, theme, dialogue, and action.
We’ve discussed them all now—save one.
And it’s fitting that we’ve saved THEME for the end, since it, too, only gets revealed at a story’s resolution.
Aristotle refers to what we think of as a story’s theme whenever he discusses thought and moral disposition. For as we’ve noted, he maintains these distinct qualities are possessed not only by the individual characters, but also ...