Dramatica Definition: Actual Dilemma

Actual Dilemma • [Overview Appreciation] • The Main Character’s decision to change results in success • In an Actual Dilemma story, the Main Character can must adopt a new path in order for the Goal to succeed. If he stays on course, the Goal is doomed to failure. Of course, the Main Character cannot see the future and therefore can never be sure if he should change or not. That is why Main Characters must often make a “leap of faith” at the moment of climax and decide to Change or Remain Steadfast. Other times, the Main Character is slowly drawn towards his Resolve of Changing or Remaining Steadfast, however it is still must be made clear which way he’s gone by the end of the story. In stories where the Main Character Changes and succeeds as a result, the Dilemma was Actual, rather than merely Apparent.

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