Aristotle's Mean Applied to Acting Technique

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Aristotle feels that a person's excellence, or virtue, relies on living in accordance with various virtues and as a method of finding virtue, he gives us the doctrine of means. (Egan) This doctrine of the mean between extremes can also be applied to acting technique in order to attain excellence in performance...
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However, an opposite exists to every motivation. One of the keys to excellence in acting is to be sure that not only the motivation, but the opposite of the motivation be brought into the character. According to Michael Shurtleff in his book Audition, "?in all of us there exists love and there exists hate, there exists creativity and an equal tendency toward self-destructiveness?sleeping and waking?night and day?sunny moods and foul moods, a desire to love and a desire to kill," and because these extremities exist in each of us in reality, an actor must bring them into a scene in order to make it realistic...
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