Aristotle’s Influence on Narrative in Films/Games/TV

Aristotle has been an influence worldwide. He has been a huge influence to the movie industry and has given us the Hollywood formula which we have today which consists of:
• Log Line
• Brief
• Plot Summary
• Idea
• Comments
• Character
• Story
• Dialogue
• Production Values

I do agree with Aristotle in The Truman Show. Jim Carrey portrays the character Truman Burbank. This most important part of this film is the plot. The plot is crucial in this telling. The characters life is very abnormal. He hasn’t got the same life as everyone else. This is his flaw. He has been ‘brought’ up this way his entire life. The characters in this film are well played as they us reverse recognition. They manipulate his life every day. The set design is very important as it is used to manipulate Truman’s world which he lives in. “We accept the reality of the world we’re presented.” – Christof, portrayed by Ed Harris in The Truman Show. Christof is the biggest manipulator of all. He plays this God character and has been there since the day he was born. The dialogue plays a big part. It helps the story in any context flow along. Let it be a movie, book, etc.

I agree with Aristotle when it also comes to text form. It doesn’t just happen in Hollywood. The book I will be talking about is called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. You are in the life of a fifteen year old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Again, the plot in this book is the most important part of the formula used. His life is different to everyone who lives around him. He has many flaws in his life. Examples would be he doesn’t like the colours brown and yellow. He also dislikes even numbers. He thinks logically. “And there is life on earth because of an accident. But it is a very special kind of accident. And for this accident to happen in this special way, there have to be 3 Conditions.” The dialogue in the story is very descriptive. The dialogue is what makes the story in my opinion. The characters play a big part too. They help the story flow along.

Aristotle does play a big influence in the world today and I hope to have helped with The Truman Show & The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


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