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The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat by Robert Najarian

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Chapter 6Characters in Conflict

Character is defined by action.

Aristotle

Human beings fight for a variety of reasons. Earlier in Chapter 2 ("Overview of Hoplology") we outlined some of the overarching reasons for human conflict. We also mentioned how each interaction of violence is particular unto itself. No two violent interactions are quite the same. It is up to the performers of the violence to recognize the basic facts of the altercation just as any actor would first find out the given circumstances of any scene. These indisputable facts that surround a scene bring to bear how the characters will deal with the conflict between them.

One of the major underlying forces of violence mentioned before was that of natural or limited resources. ...

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