Understanding Vincent: Speech Outline

After doing many extensive( though much is still left to be done), I have journeyed to the most glorious part of Eminent: Speeches.

Yes, yes, it seems terrifying to perform a speech in front of so many people, so many faces. But!

Normality is a paved road. It is comfortable to walk. But no flowers grow on it.

– Vincent van Gogh

The moment when you’re on stage, when the spotlight shines just on you, when all the eyes are looking at you, there is tremendous power in the speaker’s hands to convey a message. With my 90 seconds, I would like to show the world what this “nobody”, this non-entity has in his heart.

  • Exposition: Writing a letter to Theo (his brother).
  • Conflict: Internal. Questioning his most beloved passion and how it’s both doing more harm than good for his loved ones, but also draining him.
  • Rising Action:
    • His never-successful ‘Studio fo the South’. Explain fighting w/ Gauguin and ear cutting
    • Mental illness and attacks
    • Theo starting his own art dealership=less money for him. Fear of the uncertainty in the future
    • Dr. Gachet reprimanding him for being an artist. Points out that Theo is in poor health because of Vincent.
  • Climax: Realize that he is not going anywhere with his art. Pursuing his dream, speaking out for the truth, doing what he loves is a burden to Theo.
  • Falling Action: Explains how this is not a sad moment. Vincent felt that this was almost inevitable and he knew for a long time. Believes it’s all for the better. Of course he wants to become recognized, but he felt that he failed as an artist and human. What’s there to be done?
    • “In the life of a painter, death may perhaps not be the most difficult thing”
  • Resolution: Steals gun from either the innkeeper Arthur Ravoux or the schoolboy Rene
  • Ending:
    • “I remember the innkeeper/Rene has a gun somewhere.”
    • “With the warmest handshake, Theo, your loving Vincent”
    • “I risk my life for my work and my sanity is half foundered because of it.”
    • “The sadness will last forever.”

Of course, this is just an initial pitching idea. It’s quite likely that I will change a lot of this. Because he’s such an important figure to me, van Gogh’s image feels almost… too unreal for a nobody like me to portray. Nevertheless, Vincent was a nobody too. Well, to sum it up, perhaps it is best to use Mr. van Gogh’s own quote again.

I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart… Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards those things with an irresistible momentum.”

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