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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These films relate to our basic physiological need for safety and security. 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 poltj 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.

I was ready to disapprove of the topic on general principle; the old “nobody is going to curb my creativity with a grorges of stupid rules! 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.


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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. Should you be worried about plagiarism? They explore our desire for individuality and self expression. The Jealous person, through some Cause or Author, appears to becomes jealous of some Object. One family member, the Guilty Kinsman, harms another the Victim.

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. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. We realize we must deal with our past actions which are incongruous with our values and in terms seek forgiveness and closure.


Even if your story is more personal, smaller and lower budget, the same rules apply because they are a precursor to addressing audience expectations.

The Thirty Six Dramatic Situations by Georges Polti

Any breach by a relative triggers a moral dilemma among relatives and loved ones. Trojan Women, Medea, Faust.

This georgees needs additional citations for verification. How the characters respond to the situation creates the plot, so multiple plots can come from one situation.

Georges Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations

These films play on our propensity for anger and the security, safety and social code that our families provide. Such a quest is the basis for many religions and philosophies. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Polhi. In his introduction, Polti claims to be continuing the work of Carlo Gozziwho also identified 36 situations.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Hollywood loves this sort of stuff. These immortal words were uttered by Georges Polti who concluded there were only 36 basic stories after studying numerous Greek, Latin and French works. The Mistaken One makes some judgment about or is suspicious about the Victim, instead of the Guilty Person.

They aim to explore emotions of guilt, fear, denial and remorse.