Steve Tesich is an American screenwriter, playwright and novelist of Serbian origin. He wrote a semi-biographical screenplay Breaking Away that won Oscar and New York Film Critics Circle Award in 1979. Breaking Away is done in Classical Narrative Structure, the most common structure of the majority of Hollywood movies. A classical narrative format is comprised of three acts: the set-up, the development and resolution.
Breaking Away is set up by the introduction of four teenagers who finished high school and have to decide what to do further. Dave Stohler – a central character and his friends Mike, Cyril and Moocher face various obstacles by overcoming which they are to see what they need in life. As a classical narrative suggests a conflict, Tesich’s heroes are opposing students from Indiana University.
Dave and companions belong to an adolescent working-class of Indiana. The boys called themselves “clutters” thus opposing the middle-class college teens. Unlike golden youth, who are already fixed up with their future career, the Clutters feel free entertaining and having awesome adventures. They are jealous to their affluent peers feeling inferior towards them. However, it does not make them be more sensible to their own future. Instead, they just hang out and dream to win annual bicycle races “Little Indi”. The development part of the classical narrative implies cause-effect relationships anticipating the character act differently. Dave adores bicycle racing and dreams to take part in Italian competitions. Having won many local competitions, he strongly feels that sport is his vacation. Dave is the only one among the Cutters who knows what he wants to do. Cyril is no longer a class clown. Moocher chooses sides whether to break up or marry his girlfriend. Mike has quitted the soccer team. However, the friends continue fighting the college students.
By enlightening pros and cons of the adolescence period the author attempts to deliver a message that it is time to cool down and start doing serious things. The classical plot is impossible without the climax where conflict is resolved. The Cutters are no longer the rivals to the rich students, as they finally decide what to do in life. Moocher gets married and moves out. Cyril plans to enter the college. Dave fails the Italian competition but wins the local race thus making his dad be proud of him. He starts working in his family car firm. The delightful years are over, still, there comes another happy time.
Steve Tesich is an American screenwriter, playwright and novelist of Serbian origin. He wrote a semi-biographical screenplay Breaking Away that won Oscar and New York Film Critics Circle Award in 1979. Breaking Away is done in Classical Narrative Structure, the most common structure of the majority of Hollywood movies.