Writing Ideas and Prompts
The Thirty-seven Dramatic Situations 31-37
|31. CONFLICT WITH A GOD. Elements: A mortal and an immortal.|
|A1 Struggle against a deity.
A2 Strife with the believers in a god.
|B1 Controversy with a deity.
B2 Punishment for contempt of a god.
B3 Punishment for pride before a god.
B4 Presumptuous rivalry with a god.
B5 Imprudent rivalry with a deity.
|32. MISTAKEN JEALOUSY. Elements: The jealous one, the object of whose possession he is jealous, the supposed accomplice, and the cause or the author of the mistake.|
|A1 The mistake originates in the suspicious mind of the jealous one.
A2 Mistaken jealousy aroused by a fatal chance.
A3 Mistaken jealousy of a love which is purely platonic.
A4 baseless jealousy aroused by malicious rumours.
|B1 Jealousy suggested by a traitor who is moved by hatred.
B2 Jealousy suggested by a traitor who is moved by self-interest.
B3 Jealousy suggested by a traitor who is moved by jealousy and self-interest.
|C1 Reciprocal jealousy suggested to husband and wife by a rival.
C2 Jealousy suggested to the husband by a dismissed suitor.
C3 Jealousy suggested to the husband by a woman who is in love with him.
C4 Jealousy suggested to the wife by a scorned rival.
C5 Jealousy suggested to a happy lover by the deceived husband.
|33. ERRONEOUS JUDGEMENT. Elements: The mistaken one, the victim of the mistake, the cause or author of the mistake, and the guilty person.|
|A1 Suspicion where faith is necessary.
A2 False suspicion.
A3 False suspicion (in which the jealousy is not without reason) of a mistress.
A4 False suspicions aroused by the a misunderstood attitude of a loved one.
A4 False suspicions aroused by indifference.
|B1 False suspicions drawn upon oneself to save a friend.
B2 False suspicions fall upon the innocent.
B3 False suspicions fall upon the innocent spouse of the guilty one.
B4 False suspicions fall upon an innocent but guilty-intentioned.
B5 False suspicions fall upon an innocent who believes themselves guilty.
B6 A witness to a crime, in the interests of loved one, lets accusation fall upon the innocent.
|C1 The accusation is allowed to fall upon an enemy.
C2 The error is provoked by the enemy.
C3 The mistake is directed against the victim by her brother.
|D1 False suspicion thrown by the real culprit upon one of his enemies.
D2 False suspicion thrown by the real culprit upon the second victim against which he has plotted from the beginning.
D3 False suspicion thrown upon a rival.
D4 False suspicion thrown upon an innocent because he has refused to be an accomplice.
D5 False suspicion thrown by a deserted mistress upon a lover who left her because he would not deceive her husband.
D6 Struggle to rehabilitate oneself and to avenge a judicial error purposely caused.
|34. REMORSE. Elements: The culprit, the victim or the sin, and the interrogator.|
|A1 Remorse for an unknown crime.
A2 Remorse for a parricide.
A3 Remorse for an assassination.
A4 Remorse for a judicial murder.
A5 Remorse for the murder of husband or wife.
|B1 Remorse for a fault of love.
B2 Remorse for an adultery.
|35. RECOVERY OF A LOST ONE. Elements: The seeker and the one found.|
|A Recovery of a lost one.|
|36. LOSS OF LOVED ONES. Elements: A kinsman slain, a kinsman spectator, and an executioner.|
|A1 Witnessing the slaying of kinsmen while powerless to prevent it.
A2 Helping to bring misfortune upon one's people through professional secrecy.
|B Divining the death of a loved one.|
|C Learning of the death of a kinsman or ally.
||D Relapse into primitive baseness, through despair on learning of the death of a loved one.|
|37. MISTAKEN IDENTITY.|
|A Thinking someone is rich when he's poor.
||B The wrong man caught in the
web of fear.