Recently, the developer of the Weave my Tale project, Jim Lyons had asked me to begin studding the premise and theme of a book.
In his book “The Art of Dramatic Writing”, Lajos Egri mentions, “Professor George Pierce Baker, quoting Dumas the Younger: ‘How can you tell what road to take unless you know where you are going?’ The premise will show you the road.”
I know he is talking about books but my mind instantly started to reflect on our life.
I am wondering… How can we tell what road to take unless we know where we are going? The premise will show you the road.
But… writing a book and highlighting its premise is much easier than in real life. Easier because the author, the creator of his book, knows the premise and is guiding the reader to show him the road to the theme’s end.
What about us? How can we tell what road to take, if we are not aware of the premise? To know the road, someone should tell us the premise.
Who is doing this for us?
Who knows everything… who knows at the same time… the beginning and the end? There is only One who can do this… our Creator. I am wondering now… does He show us the premise, so we can take the right road?
If He is showing this to us… are we able to perceive the clues? Are all the clues around us, so we can easily see them? Or… do we somehow need to look behind the veils for the hidden clues that will show us the road?
In the first chapter of his book, Lajos Egri, gave as example of the story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, concluding, This play obviously deals with love. But there are many kinds of love. No doubt this was a great love, since the two lovers not only defied family tradition and hate, but threw away life to unite in death. The premise, then, as we see it is: ‘Great love defies even death’.
I used to have the same opinion in the past, but… now after I studied what Jim Lyons gave me as my next homework for my book MEMORIES OF AN ARCTURIAN – The Fugitive Galactic Child, I am wondering…
What if one of the themes of Romeo and Juliet is… the lack of communication?
I also read some articles written by Larry Brooks and he is mentioning the fact that “In a good story there are usually multiple themes”.
So… what if one of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet is… this lack of communication between people? How many dramas and tragedies would never have taken place if the communication would have been better?
Moreover, I am coming back to my main question on life…
How can we tell what road to take unless we know where we are going? Who must communicate to us the ultimate goal of our life? Are we able to discover this ourselves, without dramas and tragedies happening around us… or is it that in order to do this, we need a higher force? What keeps this Higher Force from showing us the meaning of our life? Is it somehow possible, for Him, our Creator to already be showing us but… something to be making us incapable of perceiving it?
And most of all… Why?
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