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Can a story work if the conscious object of desire of the protagonist is something abstract like a state of mind? - Question/Answer Now Playing


Can a story work if the conscious object of desire of the protagonist is something abstract like a state of mind?

Oct 01, 2010

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Can a story work if the conscious object of desire of the protagonist is something abstract like a state of mind? - Question/Answer Q & A Discussion


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at Oct 11, 2010 - 3:56 PM
Ah- but then how do we KNOW that abstract state of mind. In the Robert Duvall movie, how you know he wants to live a meaningful life- right from the beginning, or at least somewhere in the first part of the movie so the audience can get behind the person? As you say on page 138 of Story, if we were to whisper into Duvall's ear in that film, it's hard to believe that he would say, "I want a meaningful life." And he certainly doesn't say that in the movie. So how do we show the audience what a character wanting something like "happines" or "a meaningful life" or to even say, "live life through a dream"?

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