Dramatica Definition: Argument

Argument • [Dramatica Term] • the progression of logistic and emotional meanings that combine to prove a story’s message • A story’s message is proven by a progression of logistic (dispassionate) and emotional (passionate) meanings which are created by the interactions of Character, Plot, Theme, and Genre. The dispassionate argument is the story’s contention that a particular approach is the most appropriate one to solve a particular problem or achieve a goal in a given context. The passionate argument is the story’s contention that one world view is better than another in terms of leading to personal fulfillment. An author can use his story’s argument to convey his message directly, indirectly by inference, or by making an exaggerated argument supporting what he is against. (Also see Grand Argument Story.)

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