Chapter 13

Status, Power, and Secrets

The drive to elevate your status, to increase your power base, is a key component in the way we live our lives. The desire to better ourselves has been true from man’s earliest recorded history to the present day. The cave paintings in Spain depict man’s dominion over the animals. Other paintings show tribes pitted against each other. Our longing to raise our status is a trait we share with every other human being. Therefore, it follows that the characters we portray will want the same thing: to improve their situation in life, to get ahead, to gain power.

First-rate plays and films are based on heightened moments of reality when the competition between the main characters is at its highest. The ...

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