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The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

by Christopher Booker
Format
Book
Published
London : Continuum, 2004.
Language
English
ISBN
0826452094
Contents
  • pt. 1: The seven gateways to the underworld. Prologue to part one
  • Overcoming the monster
  • The monster (II) and the thrilling escape from death
  • Rags to riches
  • The quest
  • Voyage and return
  • Comedy
  • Comedy (II) : the plot disguised
  • Tragedy (I) : the five stages
  • Tragedy (II) : the divided self
  • Tragedy (III) : the hero as monster
  • Rebirth
  • The dark power : from shadow into light
  • Epilogue to part 1 : the rule of three (the role played in stories by numbers)
  • pt. 2: The complete happy ending. Prologue to part two
  • The dark figures
  • Seeing whole : the feminine and masculine values
  • The perfect balance
  • The unrealised value
  • The archetypal family drama (continued)
  • The light figures
  • Reaching the goal
  • The fatal flaw
  • pt. 3: Missing the mark. The ego takes over (I) : enter the dark inversion
  • The ego takes over (II) : the dark and sentimental versions
  • The ego takes over (III) : quest, voyage and return, comedy
  • The ego takes over (IV) : tragedy and rebirth
  • Losing the plot : Thomas Hardy, a case history
  • Going nowhere : the passive ego : the twentieth-century dead end, from Chekhov to Close encounters
  • Why sex and violence? : the active ego : the twentieth-century obsession : from de Sade to The terminator
  • Rebellion against "the one" : from Job to Nineteen eighty-four
  • The mystery
  • The riddle of the sphinx : Oedipus and Hamlet
  • pt. 4: Why we tell stories. Telling us who we are : ego versus instinct
  • Into the real world : the ruling consciousness
  • Of gods and men : reconnecting with "the one"
  • The age of Loki : the dismantling of the self
  • Epilogue : the light and the shadows on the wall
  • Author's personal note
  • Glossary of terms.
Description
viii, 728 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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