Thirty-Six Dramatic. Situations. GEORGES POLTI number 36, he kept silence. Put forth that double plot of Corneille and Racine, a heroine disputed by two. Polti’s. 36 Dramatic Situations! HEY! Whose list is this, anyway? Georges Polti was a 19 th century French writer who speculated that there were 36 dramatic. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. as named by Georges Polti There may be more than one situation in the plot of a story if it’s long enough. The list was Loss of Loved Ones. A Kinsman Slain; a Kinsman Spectator; an Executioner.
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I started this book because I know how to write, but not how to tell a story. I was ready to disapprove of the topic on general principle; the old “nobody is going to curb my creativity with a bunch of stupid rules!
What I’ve got is a handful of characters wandering around a setting, waiting for a story to occur. And the first thing Polti tells me about the rules of dramatic situations is, “There is, I hasten to say, nothing mystic or cabalistic about this particular number, it might perhaps be possible to choose one a trifle higher or lower, but this one I consider the most accurate. So, a book first translated into English in by an author admitting the title could be right or wrong but it works for him?
Then, he goes on to present a study of dramatic situations relying on the works of writers like Euripides and Goethe. I’ve never read either of them, though I know a title or two.
Trojan Women, Medea, Faust. The point is, he jump starts my imagination. The characters who were wandering around aimlessly are starting to gather around a mall map, orienting themselves with the “You Are Here — X” tag.
Now poots want to go somewhere as a polt. What more could I ask of them or of a book? If you’re not sure Polti can help, let me polish the final bit of brass by pointing out the book is beyond copyright and can be freely downloaded at Archive. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
Schiller took great pains to find more, but he was unable to find even so many as Gozzi” Goethe. Polti defines these 36 situations, including supplication, crime pursued by vengeance, revolt, the enigma, rivalry of kinsmen, etc.
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Paperbackpages. Published by Writer first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 09, Fateme Beygi rated it really liked it Shelves: Dag, I only knew about two or three of the thousands of plays and novels Polti uses as examples, his being mostly learned, classic, and way heavy on the French. Disaster,” nach, subclass “A Fatherland Destroyed”.
I’d love to see somebody show which situations seem to be popular when — the distribution of situations over time and cultures. And is there one Dag, I only knew about two or three of the thousands of plays and novels Polti uses as examples, his being mostly learned, classic, and way heavy on the French.
And is there one of the situations that hardly anyone has made work? One that elicits more than its share of drivel? Have we not a 37th? Did Polti cover all this in the Introduction and Conclusion and I just missed it because I didn’t have the patience to wade through his prose?
Note that this book lists dramatic situations, not plots. How the characters respond to the situation creates the plot, so multiple plots can come from one situation. Also, each of the 36 situations has several sub-listings as well, creating hundreds of story ideas. True, all the examples are from classical literature, some rather obscure, but at least they’re all public domain Together, they can help a writer brainstorm a basi Note that this book lists dramatic situations, not plots.
Together, they can help a writer brainstorm a basic What-If idea into a full-length storyline. I didn’t expect the text to be largely comprised of lists of literary works that use the 36 situations. I thought there’d be more about those situations.
Still, brief is good.
So I mostly skipped those lists. The 36 situations and their sub-divisions variations are applicable to Sounds like the case of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. Stories like this call for the dramatic optics like Pol I didn’t expect the text to be largely comprised of lists of literary works that use the 36 situations. Stories like this call for the dramatic optics like Polti’s.
Can’t but appreciate the beautiful language: Beneath that which seems the final depth of misfortune, there may open another yet more frightful. A ferocious and deliberate dissection of the heart it seems, this Seventh Situation, — that of pessimism par excellence. Skimmed, but then I was introduced to the book by the cheatsheet. The language is academic and unnecessarily florid, but the research is sound for the date publishedWhen producing dramatic work, it is important to understand the wealth of dramatic situations and their variations in order to produce the best work possible.
Lists of situations, with subsets and titles of examples. 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.
polt 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. Trojan Women, Medea, Faust The point is, he jump starts my imagination.
Georges Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations
Give it a try. Sep 15, Bill Cokas rated it liked it. I’m not saying there aren’t good 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. 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 examp I’m not saying there aren’t good 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.
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.
Lastly, the Forgotten Books paperback edition isn’t truly typeset–the entire book was scanned or photocopied and then reprinted, so it’s a little distracting. Dec 05, Dylan rated it it was amazing.
One man’s life work which breaks down the entirety of human condition, emotion, and existence as per the written word.
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