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And the first thing Polti tells me about the rules of dramatic situations is, I started this book because I know how to write, but not how to tell a story. Again, these stories highlight the imperfection of man. I’ve never read either of them, though I know a title or two. The Imprudent person loses an Object or causes harm to the Victim through unthinking imprudence, curiosity and general carelessness. Even if your story is more personal, smaller and lower budget, the same rules apply because they are a precursor to addressing audience expectations.

Paperbackpages. Jennifer rated it really liked it Jan 08, However, it is a bit dated some of the situations include “punishment for contempt of a god” and “duty of sacrificing a son-in-law for the public good”and if you aren’t a college English professor or EXTREMELY knowledgable of classical literature and drama I’m talking ancient Greek plays and 19th century French novelsthen his examples will completely blow by you.


The Thirty Six Dramatic Situations by Georges Polti

These are tear-jerking stories which help us explore our situatoons structures. We have sacrificed lambs to please the gods and blamed natural disasters on them if we have done wrong.

These films cater to our need to vent our anger and provide a resolution to our problem and to see justice done.

I’m not saying there aren’t rdamatic observations in here, and that it wouldn’t be a good resource to turn to when beginning to outline or plot a work of fiction. Books by Georges Polti. The rules of dramaturgy transgress all genres. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is actually good news since you have a story framework in which to work.

The characters who were wandering around aimlessly are starting to gather around a mall map, orienting themselves with the “You Are Here — X” tag. Schiller took great pains to find more, but he was unable to find even so many as Gozzi.

The 36 Dramatic Situations

Also, each of the 36 situations has several sub-listings as well, creating hundreds of story ideas. I would have preferred a description of the situations and how they played out instead of a list of examples that I now have to research on my own.

The Mortal challenges the Immortal. The level of conflict is less than in enmity of kinship. They relate to our need for survival and protecting our loved ones.


Such stories explore our propensity for jealously and our use or misuse of power. These films, such as those dealing with overthrowing an evil king or bringing down a crime boss helps us experience rebellion.

Harm to children tends to generate more intense emotions of anger and outrage among audiences than harm to adults. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Ambition can relate to good fortune, a person or an object. These immortal words were uttered by Georges Polti who concluded there were only 36 basic stories after studying numerous Greek, Situatios and French works.

This helps us examine our mortality, our limits and generates anger and fear. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations is a descriptive list which was created by Georges Polti to categorize every dramatic situation georhe might situagions in a story or performance. Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references. The Interrogator poses a Problem which the Seeker must solve. From drawings on cave walls to speech to writing, the same stories have been recycled in different ways to depict the social fabric of the times.

These are extreme stories of the hero often not succeeding in overcoming an obstacle and ends up dead.