Let's recap everything we've learned so far:

  • Art evokes emotion.
  • The gateway emotion is interest: that's what gets you 'into' the art.
  • We are particularly interested in characters, conflict, contrast, and motion.
  • When art describes the world, it can use tonality and composition (plus content) to create a mood.
  • When art represents characters, it can create empathy.
  • Empathy is recognising what the characters feel and maybe feeling that same emotion ourselves.
  • We can empathise with any emotion, if it's represented clearly.
  • Some moments in art can make us feel contrasting emotions—one for the characters (empathy) and a different one for the context (mood). 
  • These contrasting emotions rely on distance—being able step back from the character and see them in context.

Next, let's see how these ideas apply to narrative by reading some snippets and noticing how we feel.