Every Monday and Wednesday I’ll continue to post blogs here on my own website. I’ll be posting blogs dissecting the 36 dramatic situations over the next two weeks. This project will lead into next week’s blog schedule as well, so be prepared for several parts with this topic.
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Let’s take a look at the next eight dramatic situations, as recently updated by Mike Figgis. This topic was originally written by Georges Polti in 1865 and earlier this week, I started reading Mike’s 2017 analysis. The goal is to read Polti’s original over the winter break, among other story-telling books. I’ve written some of the same notes Figgis makes in his book. While he dissects these narratives with film, they are great resources for understanding the examples he provides.
8 dramatic situations
Daring Enterprise- Brave Adventure
Men and war- war stories.
Ticking clock (something to achieve by). If you’ve seen The Imitation Game, I would consider most of the plot for this dramatic situation.
Courage of one person or a small group.
Risk taker. Protagonists united by loyalty, common purpose.
Hero’s out-of-depth with the woman he admires. On this, I wrote down various areas in life this can happen. Age, rank, etc. By the time love is recognized, one is ill,dead, or married.
This chapter was only a page or two, but Mike’s arguments for changing this area of story-telling was spot on.
Usually portrays gender roles. That’s the biggest take away from this scenario.
Saving the life of another person.
Saving one’s own life.
Scientific vs. Religious (to find the cure for a deadly disease):
To conquer the unconquerable (flight, exploration, etc).The internal and external meaning of life.
Dark secrets from the family’s past being revealed.
Love affair affecting the family. Traumatic event in the family.
You could actually tie the scientific/religious enigmas together, which is an idea. Child enjoys a wonderful childhood, until the family finds out he has _____ disease or has passed away. Possibly more effective if a younger person dies, but its only a guess.
Money (borrow, stealing, selling). Notice how the idea of consistent working isn’t really noted here by either Figgis or possibly Polti.
Trickery and false claims. This requires a smooth talker.
Sex- to obtain money, information, or career boost.
Marriage to someone of power.
Student climbing the ladder to success, story of struggle/resolve.
Physical rehab after an accident/illness.
Family at War
I would also consider using step family members for this category as well. Consider how the basis of Cinderella is set up.
Rivalry of Kinsman
Two brothers: rivalry for the same woman.
Two sisters, rivalry for the same man.
Brother-Sister: rivalry for the same man/woman.
Father-Son: rivalry for the same woman-Father’s second wife or the lover/wife of the son.
Mother-Daughter: rivalry for the same man.
Murderous Adultery (crimes of passion)
Murder of a husband by a wife or murder of a wife by husband
Wife’s/Husband’s murdered in order for the lovers to be together.
Wife’s/Husband’s murdered by the husband/wife, helped by the lover, in order to access the wife’s/husband’s money.
Wife murder’s the husband/wife because he/she’s discovered his adultery.
Murder of a lover
By either husband/wife. Lover is now a threat for the marriage and is therefor murdered. “They know too much.”
Altered states: Madness
Madness slowly taking over.
Madness as a plot moving device.
Madness as a logical conclusion development.
Discovering a friend/family members been murdered:
Immediate psychological breakdown.
Slower reaction. Slower corrosion of sanity; isolation.
This one interests me, because of how we as a society present mental health. This one’s a tricky one to maneuver around, to appease the masses.
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Want to read more literature and creativity blog posts I’ve written here on my blog? Feel free to check out any of the blogs below:
8 Dramatic Situations (Part One)
12.2018 (lifestyle monthly blog)
Which dramatic situation have you used the most or least? Let’s chat in the comments below & I wish you all the best!