Category Archives: Character Elements

Action & Decision Elements of Character Archetypes

Each of the Eight Archetypal Characters contains one characteristic pertaining to actions and another characteristic pertaining to decisions. PROTAGONIST Action Characteristic: Pursues the goal. The traditional Protagonist is the driver of the story: the one who forces the action. Decision … Continue reading

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The Chemistry of Characters

Excerpt from an early, unpublished draft of the Dramatica Theory Book.   Many of these concepts were not included in the version eventually published: To make an argument that a particular element is or is not a solution to a particular … Continue reading

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The Crucial Element

The point at which the Objective Story and the Main Character hinge is appropriately called the Crucial Element. In fact, the Crucial Element is one of the sixty-four Objective Character Elements we have already explored (in the Dramatica Theory Book). … Continue reading

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Can Two Characters Share the Same Traits?

A Dramatica user recently wrote:   Hello Melanie   I need help, I’m trying to assign characteristics to my characters, I have a multitude of characters, and many share the same characteristics but the software seems to only allow one … Continue reading

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Four Archetypes

Excerpt from an upcoming book on story structure: So far I have spoken of characters as representing or embodying fragments of the overall Story Mind, but that is misleading; characters are much more orderly than that. The term “fragments” provides … Continue reading

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Change, Steadfast – Success, Failure

The following  excerpt is taken from The Dramatica Class Transcripts If you have a steadfast character and the story ends up as failure, you know they were not standing on the right spot. Its pretty easy to do for the … Continue reading

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Main Character, Obstacle Character – Problem & Solution

The following  excerpt is taken from The Dramatica Class Transcripts Dramatica: As you know, there are two types of characters we see in Dramatica Theory. Subjective and Objective. Objective characters are seen from the position of a general on a … Continue reading

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