Characters, Motivations and Consequences

October 24, 2016 by in Play Writing

In reviewing my assignment to list some favorite characters and the results of their motivation for their actions, I realized that their consequences were directly related to their CHARACTER.  And who had a lot to say about that in 500 B.C.?  Heraclitus of Ephesus, a famous Greek philosopher of that time who denied blind fate determined destiny.

I’ve looked at my list of Favorite Characters, their Motivations, and Consequences.  Interesting results I thought!  Then I considered what Heraclitus would say about the outcomes of their actions:  CHARACTER CONTROLS DESTINY.  Not bad for 500 B.C.  that we can relate to carefully crafted characters over the last 400 years and what happens to them.

Character                           Motivation                            Consequences
Hamlet                               Revenge                                 Successful (but he dies)
King Lear                           Retire well                              Failure
Antonio                              Validate his Anti-Semitism   Failure
Richard III                        Become king                          Temporary success
C. Mayon (“The Play…”)     A place in the community       Failure
Willy Loman                     Success in business                   Failure
A. Solieri                            Beat Mozart in music                 Failure
Salome                                Seduce John the Baptist           Failure
George Gibbs(“Our…’)     Find love                                         Success
Albert (“Warhorse”)          Find his horse                                Success
“Our Town”  was the big role for me as a teenager and demonstrated to me the power of Theatre.  I returned to “Our Town” as an example of great writing as I began to write.

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