This edition: Patterns Of Action: Plot And Conflict In Drama
This episode, "Patterns of Action: Plot and Conflict in Drama," explored the structure of plot and the nature of confict in plays. Using Sophocles's Oedipus as a model, the program examined the structure of plot by breaking it down into five categories: prologue, complication, crisis, catastrophe, and the final resolution. The program placed particular emphasis on how conflict provides the central force in plot. It also featured an interview with A.R. Gurney, in which the playwright discussed his life, work and why he preferred to write plays rather than fiction.