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The Theory of Story

The Theory of Story


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Published by: Ramsubramani on Jan 01, 2009
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With six thematic Sequences and three dynamic Acts, it is not surprising that we find
two Sequences per Act. In fact, this is part of what makes an Act Break feel like an Act
Break. It is the simultaneous closure of a Plot Progression and a Theme Progression.
The order in which the six thematic sequences occur does not affect the message of a
story, but it does determine the thematic experience for the audience as the story un-
folds. The only constraints on order would be that since the Issue is the heart of the
thematic argument, one of the three pairs containing the Issue should appear in each of
the three dynamic Acts. Any one of the other three pairs can be the other Sequence.

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