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Beyond the Bard
Writing Magazine

Beyond the Bard

Posted Thursday, 2 June 2016   |   2092 views   |   General Interest   |   Comments (0) The world’s greatest writer shows us how to handle heroes, says Jan Moran Neil

Last month we looked at using Shakespeare’s plots as a springboard for our own story ideas: the ‘something that happens’, the ‘what is at stake’ and the ‘race against time’. All these ingredients are essential when building an exciting plot. But at the core of all great stories a writer needs a great central protagonist. In his tragedies, Shakespeare’s protagonists are anti-heroes as a result of their vital flaw. It’s a main element that will bring the anti-hero crashing down to the boxing ring floor. That vital flaw also provides plenty of inner and outer conflict. It’s the monster that the central protagonist wrestles with. From that vital flaw, problems and secrets multiply. The anti-hero will want to achieve certain ends but will have to overcome inner and outer monsters to do so. Shakespeare also makes his anti-heroes likeable so that as a viewing audience we identify with them, travel with them and ultimately learn from their mistakes. They are never antagonists for whom we feel no sympathy. The antagonist can come in the form of other satellite characters but the vital flaw will always be the main contributor to that essential conflict which underpins the story line.

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