Socrates challenges our thought processes: “I only know that I know nothing,” he famously said.
Plato challenges our view of the world. He chains us in a cave and tells us that we see only shadows.
Aristotle challenges everything.
He wrote volumes upon volumes on physics, biology, botany, agriculture, mathematics, logic, politics, ethics, dance, and theatre . . . to name a few. 😉
Plato called Aristotle “the mind of the school”, and so he must have been. On all topics he classified and categorized and defined, creating some of the first systems of understanding.
Aristotle on Plot Structure
Much like Freytag (see the previous blog “One Guiding Decision”), Aristotle viewed plot from a dramatic standpoint. He didn’t initiate the structure. Instead, he analyzed the best plays–by Sophocles, d. 406 BCE; Euripides, d. 406 BCE; and Aeschylus, d. 456 BCE–all three of whom preceded him by two or three generations. These three are the masters of ancient Greek drama, and their intuitive understanding of great story can affect us just as strongly over 2,000 years later.
To Aristotle, the great dramas required 5 essentials:
The continuation of this original blog post from 30 November 2016 can be found in the publication Think Like a Writer: 7 Tips to Change a Hobby to a Profession, by M. A. Lee.