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More on Genres

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.

—Lillian Hellman,
answering critics’ complaints
that her plots were melodramatic,
recalled on her death, June 30, 1984.

May 21, 2003 in if in doubt, quote, practical theories | Permalink


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