Analysis Of Aristotle 's ' The Guardian ' Essay

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“Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible.” –Don Roff. Here, this quote discusses what every author is aiming for when they are writing. Whether it be a book, a novel, a movie, or a poem, the author is always trying to make the audience fell and experience emotion. Aristotle, one of the greatest writers of all time, came up with this concept and many more concepts. According to Aristotle, there are several aspects that make up great drama. Whether it be the plot line, characters, music, tragic fall, or identifying with the protagonist, all aspects help make a great drama. The Guardian is a movie about a young man who joins the Coast Guard and becomes a rescue swimmer. He has to overcome the loss of his closest friends that died in a car crash and be strong enough to save the lives of others who are lost at sea. Aristotle’s principles to poetics are applied to the film The Guardian through identifying with the protagonist, catharsis, and simply music.
First of all, identifying with the protagonist is one application of Aristotle’s poetics that’s applied to film. “…the tragic protagonist accommodates the ‘flawed’ character…they are one of the community,” (Jonathan Crewe from “Reclaiming Character?” A protagonist is one that the audience most identifies with. In The Guardian the protagonist would be the rescue swimmer. That character is the one who we, the viewer, most likely identify with. “…the protagonist in Greek tragedy…

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