How Aaron Sorkin creates musical dialogue in 'The Social Network'

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The dialogue of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is often described as "rhythmic" or "musical." But those descriptors are vague, and so to find out exactly why Sorkin's writing sounds so distinctive, we analyzed some of the literary devices that Sorkin uses in his writing. The opening scene of "The Social Network" is a stellar example of how Sorkin layers his dialogue with rhythms and melodies by using repetition, long lines of dialogue, and iambic meter.