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Understanding Conflict and Adding Tension to Fiction

The filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein said it is art’s task, “to form equitable views by stirring up contradictions within the spectator’s mind, and to forge accurate intellectual concepts from the dynamic clash of opposing passions.” By this he means that, “Art is always conflict.”  Whether we are talking about art expressing the collisions in society, collisions in individual, or the collision in art we can say that art is conflict and the artist is only being genuine when he/she expresses that clash.  Stories written purely for aesthetic value have no place among what we call art.

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