Dramatica Definition: Circumstances

Circumstances • [Variation] dyn.pr. Situation<–>Circumstances • an emotional assessment of one’s environment • Circumstances describes the way a character feels about his environment. Whereas Situation is rated in terms of satisfaction, Circumstances are rated in terms of fulfillment. Emotion, therefore, is the standard of measurement a character uses to evaluate his Circumstances. Often a character must accept unfulfilling Circumstances because he needs the benefits of the Situation. Or a character may accept an unsatisfying Situation because it comes with fulfilling Circumstances. Over the course of a story, the balance between the two measurements can vary greatly. • syn. how things stand emotionally, emotional evaluation of the environment, value of existing conditions, relationship to others

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