Aristotle’s Model: the Play as a Whole

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Aristotle’s Model: The Play as a Whole In Aristotle’s Poetics, Aristotle emphasizes three major elements of a good play: plot, character, and thought. To be more specific, in an Aristotelian play, thought sets the cause of action with character as emotion developer based on plot as the basic form. Besides these three main factors, the idea that a play should be a complete whole is also the basis of the Poetics (Aristotle 61). Therefore, when comparing the choices Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan and The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry for the play of the season, unification and regularity of all three elements. After comparing and contrasting both plays, Lobby Hero fits the Aristotle’s model’s three elements, plot, character and thought…show more content…
Although Jeff does not indicate any sign about truth telling, his habit of telling truth is embedded in the details of the play. When Jeff hears Bill lying to Dawn about his fair with Mrs. Heinvald, he intentionally calls Bill to pick up his hat left in Mrs. Heinvald’s apartment. His audacious and straightforward speaking routine also makes the final truth telling consistent with his characteristics. Acknowledged that William is his superintendent, he is still dare to talk about his sexual illusion about female cop. With a faith of telling the truth and frank talking behavior, telling Dawn about William’s brother’s crime is consistent to Jeff’s personality. In this way, Lobby Hero well constructs a character with great consistency whose actions hold the play into a rational whole story. If Lobby Hero’s Jeff is consistent in his consistency, Tracy in The Philadelphia Story is inconsistent in her consistency. Tracy is inconsistent because her sensitivity is changing. She sees George as an angel the day before the wedding but falls crazily in love with Mike, or Macaulay, and his books the night before the wedding. However, when she looks at the “boat of true love”, Tracy begins to think of the good time spent with Dexter. Under the presumption that Tracy is a very unstable character, the abrupt ending seems plausible. Therefore, Tracy is

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