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Questions, answers, and comments preserved from the discussion forum on the original Soul of Your Story Academy website.

Theme vs. issue

Is a narrative theme always a deontological statement such as "One should or should not..."? Started by Will Cooper on 2013-05-01 at 14:10:40 Is a narrative theme always a deontological statement, such as "One should or should not…."? Consider Jack London's story "To Build a Fire". What is its theme? If you recall, the story concerns an...

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)

Analyzing the American classic, Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, in terms of the grok system poses an interesting challenge, given the subtlety and complex psychology of the play’s chief characters. Started by Will Cooper on 2013-04-08 at 09:49 Analyzing the American classic, Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, in...

Lonesome Dove (1989)

Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning novel (1985), was made into a television mini-series first broadcast in 1989. The television production was nominated for 19 Emmys, winning seven. Started by Mark Furlong on 2013-04-08 at 17:21 "Lonesome Dove", Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning novel (1985), was made into a television mini-series...

Finding Nemo (2003)

I think this movie has one of the best screenplays in the realm of cartoons of the last 10 years. Started by Nicola Barile on 2013-04-06 at 09:00 Finding Nemo is an animated film (Disney - Pixar 2003) which I would submit ’cause I think it has one of the best screenplays in the cartoons of the last 10 years. The plot allows to probe the...

Citizen Kane (1941)

I would love to see "Citizen Kane" analyzed. It is a film that many consider one of the most influential ever made. I believe it presents some interesting questions to grok. Started by D.J. Lee on 2013-03-31 at 15:53 I can’t help but wonder if I will ever be able to analyze a story with the depth or clarity that you have demonstrated. I admit to...

Quartet (2013)

While watching I found myself thinking along the lines of DSYS and in particular "grok-ing" it. Started by D.J. Lee on 2013-03-22 at 21:09 I just got home from seeing the film QUARTET. I enjoyed it very much on every level and thought that Dustin Hoffman turned in a great directorial debut. While watching I found myself thinking along the lines...

Who is the main character?

A viewing of the film Sweet Bird of Youth prompts the question: Can a theme serve as a character unto itself? Started by Janie Baskin on 2012-10-04 at 08:24 Last night I re-visited the play, Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams. I believe Chance is the main character, but wonder if a theme can be a character as well as a theme. The idea of...

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