Writing Ideas and Prompts
The Thirty-seven Dramatic Situations 1-6
|1. SUPPLICATION (To humbly petition). Elements: a persecutor, a humble petitioner, and a power in authority whose decision is doubtful.|
|A1 Fugitives imploring the powerful for help against their enemies.
A2 Assistance implored for the performance of a pious duty which has been forbidden.
A3 Appeals for refuge in which to die.
|B1 Hospitality besought by the shipwrecked.
B2 Charity entreated by those cast off by their own people, whom they have disgraced.
B3 Expiation: the seeking of pardon, healing or deliverance.
B4 The surrender of a corpse, or relic, solicited.
|C1 Supplication of the powerful for those dear to the suppliant.
C2 Supplication to a relative in behalf of another relative.
C3 Supplication to a mother's lover, in her behalf.
|2. DELIVERANCE. Elements: an unfortunate, a threatener, a rescuer.|
|A Appearance of a rescuer to the condemned.
||B1 A parent replaced on the throne by his children.
B2 Rescue by friends, or by strangers grateful for benefits or hospitality.
|3. CRIME PUNISHED BY VENGEANCE. Elements: an avenger and a criminal.|
|A1 The avenging of a slain parent or ancestor.
A2 The avenging of a slain child or descendant.
A3 Vengeance for a child dishonored.
A4 The avenging of a slain wife or husband.
A5 Vengeance for the dishonor, or the attempted dishonoring, of a wife.
A6 Vengeance for a mistress slain.
A7 Vengeance for a slain or injured friend.
A8 Vengeance for a sister seduced.
|B1 Vengeance for intentional injury or spoilation.
B2 Vengeance for having been dispoiled during absence.
B3 Revenge for an attempted slaying.
B4 Revenge for a false accusation.
B5 Vengeance for violation.
B6 Vengeance for having been robbed of one's own.
B7 Revenge upon a whole sex for a deception by one.
|C Professional pursuit of criminals.|
|4. VENGEANCE TAKEN FOR KINDRED UPON KINDRED. Elements: Avenging kinsman, guilty kinsman, remembrance of the victim, a relative of both.|
|A1 A father's death avenged upon a mother.
A2 A mother avenged upon a father.
|B A brother's death avenged upon a son.
||C A father's death avenged upon a husband.
||D A husband's death avenged upon a father.|
|5. PURSUIT. Elements: Punishment and fugitive.|
|A Fugitives from justice pursued for brigandage, political offenses, etc.
||B Pursued for a fault of love.
||C A hero struggling against a power.
||D A pseudo-madman struggling against an Iago-like alienist.
|6. DISASTER. Elements: A vanquished power, a victorious enemy or a messenger.|
|A1 Defeat suffered.
A2 A fatherland destroyed.
A3 The fall of humanity.
A4 A natural catastrophe.
|B A monarch overthrown.
||C1 Ingratitude suffered.
C2 The suffering of unjust punishment or enmity.
C3 An outrage suffered.
|D1 Abandonment by a lover or a husband.
D2 Children lost by their parents.