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What Is Your Story's Meaning?
The core meaning of your story is expressed
through your Controlling Idea.
Idea is the purest form of a story's meaning, the vision of
life the audience members carry away into their lives. This idea must be
dramatized in an emotionally expressive Story Climax. As your protagonist
takes their final action in the pursuit of their object of desire, be it
the killing of a shark terrorising a beach resort (JAWS) or the attainment
of meaning in a repetitive existence (UP IN THE AIR), your story reaches
its emotional climax.
Looking at your ending, ask: As a result of this climactic action, what value,
positively or negatively charged, does it bring into the world of my
protagonist? Now trace backwards from this climax, digging
through the bedrock of your story, ask: What
cause, force or means brings this value into the world? This
sentence expresses how and why the life of your protagonist has changed and
forms your Controlling
To whit, your story tells you its meaning, you do not
dictate meaning to the story.
Robert McKee explains why sooner or later you're going to
need to grasp your story's controlling idea.
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