A Conversation for Deus Ex Machina
Pezvi Started conversation Aug 27, 2003
Aristotle includes deus ex machina in his work "Poetics" as something the best plays of the 5th Century BCE avoided. This 4th Century BCE analysis of the plays of the previous century shaped many of our modern ideas of what makes good and bad theatre when it was rediscovered during the Renaissance and perverted into a sort of "Plays: The Greek Method" rulebook. Much of what Aristotle wrote still makes good sense today, but just because the Greeks couldn't handle writing a decent sub-plot doesn't mean nobody can.
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